Welcome to Firewise Missouri
Wildfire occurrence in Missouri can often go unnoticed by Missourians. Yet, many wildfires burn in the state each year. It is common for 2,500 to 4,000 fires to burn in the state each year, consuming 20,000 – 50,000 acres or more. There are more fires and larger areas burned in years when precipitation is below normal.Preventing the destruction of property during wildfires is the primary goal of Firewise in Missouri.
Assessing Wildfire Hazards
in the Home Ignition Zone
Wildfires in Missouri
Missouri’s wildfires burn whenever weather and natural fuel conditions favor ignition and fire spread. This can happen at any time of the year. However, these conditions more commonly take place in the early to mid-spring, late February to early May.
Wildfires move across the land consuming natural fuels like dry grass, and tree leaves and branches. These fires often enter the areas around homes and other buildings located near these natural fuels, with property loss a common result. Losses are usually easy to prevent if you know the simple principles of becoming Firewise.
Fire can also be beneficial when applied to achieve a vegetative enhancement or to reduce a build-up of natural fuels to reduce hazards mentioned above. These fires are ignited intentional but only under carefully calculated weather conditions and after control lines are in place. They are commonly referred to as Prescribed Fire. Click the Prescribed Fire link to learn more about prescribed fire.