Natural cover fire blackens 30 acres

Various local fire departments with help from the Missouri Department of Conservation battled a 30-acre grass fire in northeast Missouri on Thursday afternoon.

Just before 3 p.m., crews were called to the scene on East Center Way northeast of Kirksville.

A local firefighter said this is the 16th natural cover fire in Adair County in the past two weeks.

Thursday's fire reportedly started on the Evelyn Kellison property.

Kellison told KTVO at the scene that she doesn't know how it started, saying she had not been burning.

She said it appeared the blaze had originated along the bank of the Salt River.

The flames then spread onto property owned by James Snyder.

Snyder said he does not know what sparked the fire.

Late in the afternoon, the Kirksville Fire Department sent out a textcaster message asking you to voluntarily refrain from any outdoor burning.

Officials say the unseasonably warm weather, low relative humidity and lack of precipitation have combined to increase the likelihood of natural cover fires.

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