weather conditions have caused a drastic
shortage of rainfall within the State of
this shortage of rainfall, combined with
extreme heat, has caused a drought in the
State of Missouri; and
these conditions have resulted in a disaster
of major proportions in the State; and
the safety and welfare of the people of
Missouri so require:
I, JOHN ASHCROFT, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE
OF MISSOURI, do hereby proclaim that a state
of emergency exists throughout the State
to my authority under the Constitution and
laws of the State of Missouri, including
Chapter 44, RSMo, I do hereby declare and
direct as follows:
1. No person
shall build, maintain or use any open fire
or camp fire in any county north of the
Missouri River. This Order shall not apply
to barbecue grills, self-contained stoves,
permanent or portable stoves, or fireplaces
located at developed recreational campgrounds
or on residential property.
commissions in counties north of the Missouri
River may authorize open burning within
their respective jurisdictions upon a finding
that the threat to the public from fire
hazard in that jurisdiction is not substantially
greater than in years of normal rainfall.
A copy of the order authorizing open burning
shall be filed with the State Fire Marshall.
3. The ban
on burning described in paragraph 1 of this
Order shall apply in any county south of
the Missouri River and in the City of St.
Louis only upon the order of the county
commission, county executive or the Mayor
of the City of St. Louis. A copy of the
order shall be filed with the State Fire
4. All state
and local law enforcement agencies are hereby
authorized and directed to enforce this
5. All state
equipment and personnel are hereby made
available for use during the effective period
of this Order.
6. All state
department directors and the Commissioner
of Administration are hereby authorized
and directed to use any personnel or equipment
in their respective agencies to assist in
the implementation of this Order.
7. All agencies
and jurisdictions, federal, state and loca,
acting under the authority of this Order
or at the direction or request of anyone
acting under the authority of this Order,
shall coordinate their efforts through the
Office of the Governor and the State Emergency
shall be effective immediately and shall
remain in effect until terminated by by
|| IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF,
I have hereunto set my hand and caused
to be affixed the Great Seal of the
State of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson,
on this 18th day of July, 1988.
||[John Ashcroft's signature]
[Roy D. Blunt's signature]
SECRETARY OF STATE
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