A burn ban is in effect in Howell County until further notice. The Howell County Commission implemented Burn Ban Order #2022-014 Monday morning. 
“A burn ban is ordered due to Howell County being in a D2 Severe Drought Situation according to the National Integrated Drought Information System, and It has been determined by the Missouri State Fire Marshall that a ban is appropriate for Howell County,” reads a press release. 
The ban includes:
-Careless use of materials, including cigarettes, cigars and smoking pipes. Discard shall be in a manner to prevent threat from smoldering remains initiating a fire.
-Building, maintaining, attending or using any open fire or campfire except in a permanent stove or fireplace or barbeque grills.
-Prescribed burning of all fence rows, field, wild land, ravines, trash and debris. Prescribed burning may be exempted from the order where such burning is necessary and has been specifically approved in writhing by the Howell County Director of Emergency Management or other appropriate office of this County.
Violation of the burn ban could result in a misdemeanor conviction. 
For questions, contact the Howell County Commission at 417-256-3872 or Howell County Emergency Management at 417-255-0515 or by email to
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