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Out of control burn torches rural Marion County

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MARION COUNTY, Mo. (WGEM) -- Marion County crews spent hours on Saturday knocking down what they say is the worst burn they've seen so far this year.

Crews say it started around 12:15 p.m. when near Philadelphia where winds caused a controlled burn to spiral out of control.

A caller reported seeing thick smoke as the blaze torched between 60 to 100 acres of land.

Palmyra and Shelbyville fire crews came in to assist on scene.

"Out of the 6 burns we've had this year, this has been the worst burn by far," Marion County R-2 Fire Protection Lt. Douglas Baker said.

Officials are encouraging those planning on burning to reach out to either the state conservation department or the county fire crews to help monitor controlled burns.

Quincy Fire Department burning tips:

  • Always have a water source nearby.
  • Don't burn near any structures or open grassy fields.
  • Burn in several small piles instead of one large pile.
  • Be aware of the weather conditions.
  • Don't be afraid to call 911 if you think the fire has grown too large.

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