The following is a list of requirements that must be met in order to burn:

  1. The wind must be below 10 miles per hour.
  2. Humidity must be above 30%.
  3. The temperature must be below 95 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. The fire must be attended at all times.
    The person must have a hose and rake with them to attend to the fire.
  5. You can only burn yard waste. This includes leaves, branches and untreated wood. No plastics or other hydrocarbons can be burned.
  6. The fire must be out by dark.
  7. You must call for a burn permit on the day you wish to burn. You can not call to request a permit the day before you plan to burn.
  8. When Red Flag conditions are announced by NOAA or the Missouri State Fire Marshal's office issues a statewide burn ban, these will supercede requirements 1, 2 and 3 above.
  9. Subjects are responsible for their controlled burn.
  10. Fires must be at least 25 feet away from any structure.
  11. If there are any complaints by neighbors or citizens, the fire will be extinguished by either the subject or the fire district.
BURN PERMITS : CALL 573-365-6407
Fire Danger Rating and Color Code
Low (L)
(Dark Green)
Fuels do not ignite readily from small firebrands although a more intense heat source, such as lightning, may start fires in duff or punky wood. Fires in open cured grasslands may bum freely a few hours after rain, but woods fires spread slowly by creeping or smoldering, and burn in irregular fingers. There is little danger of spotting.
Moderate (M)
(Light Green or Blue)
Fires can start from most accidental causes, but with the exception of lightning fires in some areas, the number of starts is generally low. Fires in open cured grasslands will burn briskly and spread rapidly on windy days. Timber fires spread slowly to moderately fast. The average fire is of moderate intensity, although heavy concentrations of fuel, especially draped fuel, may burn hot. Short-distance spotting may occur, but is not persistent. Fires are not likely to become serious and control is relatively easy.
High (H)
All fine dead fuels ignite readily and fires start easily from most causes. Unattended brush and campfires are likely to escape. Fires spread rapidly and short-distance spotting is common. High-intensity burning may develop on slopes or in concentrations of fine fuels. Fires may become serious and their control difficult unless they are attacked successfully while small.
Very High (VH)
Fires start easily from all causes and, immediately after ignition, spread rapidly and increase quickly in intensity. Spot fires are a constant danger. Fires burning in light fuels may quickly develop high intensity characteristics such as long-distance spotting and fire whirlwinds when they burn into heavier fuels.
Extreme (E)
Fires start quickly, spread furiously, and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious. Development into high intensity burning will usually be faster and occur from smaller fires than in the very high fire danger class. Direct attack is rarely possible and may be dangerous except immediately after ignition. Fires that develop headway in heavy slash or in conifer stands may be unmanageable while the extreme burning condition lasts. Under these conditions the only effective and safe control action is on the flanks until the weather changes or the fuel supply lessens.

If you are doing work in either the City of Lake Ozark or the Village of Four Seasons, please check with them to see if they will also require a permit for your project.

Stay Warm While Playing Outside in the Cold

Make sure you have plenty of layers or wear clothing made from the newer fabrics that are made for cold weather. Staying warm is important to keep your body working properly. Making sure you are dressed properly can mean more time playing outside.

Sledding Safety

Sledding is a lot of fun! There are ways to sled that will ensure your safety. Always use a sled that you can steer. Wear mittens or gloves, not only to keep you warm, but also to help protect your hands from being injured. Never use garbage can lids, plastic bags or pool toys to sled....these are not made for sledding and can be dangerous. When choosing a place to sled it's best to have an adult check it out before you begin. It's best to have an adult with you while sledding. Make sure the hill is covered with packed snow and not ice. Look for obstacles such as bushes, trees and rocks. Always make sure the end of the hill isn't near a roadway. Sled only in daylight or in areas that are well-lit. When sledding with friends make sure you don't go over the weight limit of your sled. Always stay in a sitting position when sledding. Laying down puts you at a higher risk for injury should you lose control and flip the sled.

Ice Skating Safety

The first and most important rule of ice skating is to ONLY SKATE ON APPROVED ICE. Never skate on a frozen lake or pond unless it has been approved by an adult. Most public areas will be marked if they are safe to skate on. Ice that looks like it's strong may not be able to hold even a kid's weight. Just like swimming, NEVER SKATE ALONE, especially on frozen ponds or lakes.

Snowboarding Safety

Before going snowboarding make sure you have the proper equipment and that it fits correctly. Important items to have while snowboarding are a helmet, knee and elbow pads and goggles to protect your eyes. Taking a lesson before snowboarding is ideal. It is best to have an adult with you to help find the best place to snowboard and to help you out if you have trouble.

A wide range of natural disasters occur within the United States every year. Natural disasters can have a devastating effect on you and your home. The US Fire Administration encourages you to use the following safety tips to help protect yourself, your family and your home from the potential threat of fire during or after a winter storm You can greatly reduce your chances of becoming a fire casualty by being able to identify potential hazards and following the outlined safety tips.


Some Types of Fire Related Hazards Present During and After a Winter Storm

  • Alternative heating devices used incorrectly create fire hazards.
  • Damaged or downed utility lines can present a fire and life safety hazard.
  • Water damaged appliances and utilities can be electrically charged.
  • Frozen water pipes can burst and cause safety hazards.
  • Leaking gas lines, damaged or leaking gas propane containers, and leaking vehicle gas tanks may explode or ignite.
  • Generators are often used during power outages. Generators that are not properly used and maintained can be very hazardous.

Chemical Safety

  • Look for combustible liquids like gasoline, lighter fluid, and paint thinner that may have spilled. Thoroughly clean the spill and place containers in a well-ventilated area.
  • Keep combustible liquids away from heat sources.

Electrical Safety

  • If your home has sustained flood or water damage, and you can safely get to the main breaker or fuse box, turn off the power.
  • Assume all wires on the ground are elecrically charged. This includes cable TV feeds.
  • Look for and replace frayed or cracked extension and appliance cords, loose prongs and plugs.
  • Exposed outlets and wiring could present a fire and life safety hazard.
  • Appliances that emit smoke or sparks should be repaired or replaced.
  • Have a licensed electrician check your home for damage.

Gas Safety

  • Smell and listen for leaky gas connections.
    If you believe there is a gas leak, immediately leave the house and leave the door(s) open.
  • Never strike a match. Any size flame can spark an explosion.
  • Before turning the gas back on, have the gas system checked by a professional.

Generator Safety

  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions and guidelines when using generators.
  • Use a generator or other fuel-powered machines outside the home. CO fumes are odorless and can quickly overwhelm you indoors.
  • Use the appropriate sized and type power cords to carry the electric load. Overloaded cords can overheat and cause fires.
  • Never run cords under rugs and carpets where heat might build up or damage to a cord may go unnoticed.
  • Never connect generators to another power source such as power lines. The reverse flow of electricity or "backfeed" can electrocute an unsuspecting utility worker.

Heating Safety

  • Kerosene heaters may not be legal in your area and should only be used where approved by authorities.
  • Do not use the kitchen oven range to heat your home. In addition to being a fire hazard, it can be a source of toxic fumes.
  • Alternative heaters need their space. Keep anything combustible at least three feet away.
  • Make sure your alternative heaters have "tip switches." These "tip switches" are designed to automatically turn off the heater in the event they tip over.
  • Only use the type of fuel recommended by the manufacurer and follow suggested guidelines.
  • Never refill a space heater while it is operating or still hot.
  • Refuel heaters only outdoors.
  • Make sure wood stoves are properly installed, and at least three feet away from combustible materials. Ensure they have the proper floor support and adequate ventilation.
  • Use a glass or metal screen in front of your fireplace to prevent sparks from igniting nearby carpets, furniture or other combustible items.

and Remember...

  • Be careful when using candles. Keep the flame away from combustible objects and out of the reach of children.
  • Some smoke alarms may be dependent on your home's electrical service and could be inoperative during a power outage. Check to see if your smoke alarm uses a back-up battery and install a new battery at least once a year.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home and inside and outside of sleeping areas.
  • All smoke alarms should be tested monthly. All batteries should be replaced with new ones at least once a year.
  • If there is a fire hydrant near your home, keep it clear of debris for easy access by the fire department.



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Lake Ozark Fire Protection District
1767 Bagnell Dam Blvd
Lake Ozark, MO 65049