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  • Stover fire burns 100 acres

  • A natural cover fire broke out on Black Elk Road in Stover on Thursday morning. Stover Fire Department responded with the help of Gravois Fire Protection District.
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  • A natural cover fire broke out on Black Elk Road in Stover on Thursday morning. Stover Fire Department responded with the help of Gravois Fire Protection District.
    Stover firefighters responded to the scene at 7:30 a.m. while Gravois responded around 8 a.m.
    Initial reports are that the fire was the result of a control burn escaping from earlier in the week and wreaked havoc on at least 100 acres.
    Stover Fire Chief Paul Harrison described the land as "isolated, secluded and hilly terrain."
    Stover firefighters responded to the same area on Sunday night and could see the control burn through binoculars. Wednesday night, Gravois Fire also attempted to respond to the same area but was unable to locate the fire.
    Early on Thursday morning, the land owner contacted Stover Fire Department again and requested assistance.
    Versailles Rural Fire Department and Missouri Department of Conservation also aided in the fire response.
    No structures were in danger during the fire.
    Firefighters left the scene around 2 p.m. on Thursday afternoon after getting the fire "totally contained" according to Harrison.
    Since the fire broke out from a controlled burn, Harrison reminds residents how important it is to be careful. He recommends calling their local Sheriff Department and telling someone in the Communications Department that they plan on starting a control burn. This would eliminate unneeded calls. Also, he encourages land owners to stay with the control burn and not to leave it unattended. The high winds, dryness in the air and leaves around for fuel increases the chances of the fire getting out of control.
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