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Counties given authority to enforce burn bans in Missouri

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -

A new law signed by Missouri Governor Nixon will allow individual counties to enact burn bans in addition to fire departments.

Until now, county leaders could only issue a ban after a state fire marshall said one was needed.  With dryer weather and some hay bail fires in the area, Emergency Management Director John Hark says the new law puts some teeth into what counties can enforce.

"This now gives us possibly some backing on if we put a burn ban in. Are we wanting to be harsh and enforce more laws? No, but we're willing to protect people's property and life if we can," said Marion County Emergency Management Director John Hark.

Burn bans approved by counties could carry a penalty of up to one year in jail for any violations.  This legislation officially takes effect August 28.


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