Natural cover fire chars 300 acres

The Friday afternoon blaze on the Adair/Knox County line started as a controlled burn.

It is a perfect example why firefighters are saying not to do any outdoor burning right now.

A natural cover fire on the Adair/Knox County line Friday afternoon charred an estimated 300 acres.

It happened just east of the small community of Adair, Missouri.

The fire along Rock Way north of Highway 11 was reported at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

Firefighters on the scene told KTVO the fire started as a controlled burn that got out of control.

They said the landowner had fire lines in place to keep the blaze contained, but the wind caused the flames to jump the fire line.

The blaze blackened approximately 250 acres of pasture before it burned about 50 acres of timber.

Everything that burned was in Knox County.

Fire crews say the land that burned belongs to two or three different property owners.

Firefighters had it pretty well under control in about two hours.

The Adair County Rural Fire Department, Baring Fire Department and the Missouri Department of Conservation battled the blaze.

No one was hurt in the incident.

An Adair County ambulance crew was standing by just in case.

No structures were endangered by the fire.