The Reporter covers Miller, Morgan and Camden County in Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks and is published once per week on Wednesdays.

 

Published April 7, 2021

Lake area firefighters battle high winds, flames


LAKE OF THE OZARKS - High winds fanned the flames of several wildfires that broke out in the lake area last week.

On Monday March 29, The Gravois Fire Protection District (GFPD) responded to a second-alarm fire roughly 600 acres in size in the area of Cup Tree Road and Bluff Road shortly after 3:30 p.m.

In all, five hand crews, seven tankers, two engines, one dozer crew and six chief officers were deployed with many of the personnel responding directly from another fire near Ivy Bend.

No structures were damaged and no injuries were reported. Crews cleared the scene shortly after 9 p.m. 

The following agencies were thanked by the GFPD:

Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District
Stover Fire Protection District
Versailles Rural Fire Protection District
Mid-County Fire Protection District
Ivy Bend Fire District
Missouri Department of Conservation
Lake West EMS
Morgan County 911

But the week wasn’t done for the GFPD.

The next day another 250 acres burned near the 33000 block of Cup Tree Road.

The GFPD responded and struck a second-alarm around 11:00 a.m.

One shed was heavily damaged but no injuries were reported.

The GFPD said this fire was not related to the previous day’s blaze.

The GFPD thanked the following agencies for their assistance:

Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District
Versailles Rural Fire Protection District
Mid-County Fire Protection District
Rocky Mount Fire Protection District
Morgan CO 911

On the other side of the lake area, the Iberia Rural Fire Protection District responded to a three acre fire with seven firefighters and two brush trucks.

Many of the local fire districts issued a Red Flag Warning due to the high winds throughout the area.

A Red Flag Warning is issued by the National Weather Service and means warm temperatures, very low humidities and stronger winds are expected to combine to produce an increased risk of fire danger. 

During these warnings, the National Weather Service says:

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