MADISON COUNTY, Ill. – An elevated fire danger warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for parts of east central Missouri and southwest Illinois.

A spokesperson for the Madison County Emergency Management Agency says dry vegetation, low relative humidity, and southwest winds are increasing the risk of brush fires. Residents are asked to not burn yard waste.

"People think that because of all the snow that we have had the ground is still saturated," said Larry Ringering, director of Madison County Emergency Management Agency. "That's just not the case. The ground is very dry right now which makes burning yard waste very dangerous."

A "no burn order" has also been issued for Monroe County, effective until at least Friday, March 28.

An official with the Monroe County Emergency Management Office says the Waterloo Fire Department has responded to at least 13 field fires since Saturday. Five of those fires were Friday.

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