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Firefighters look forward to some TLC after a lot of S.O.S.

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JASPER COUNTY, MISSOURI -

Several firefighters in the area try to refresh and recover after a seemingly non-stop 24-hour run.  Some firefighters are still busy.  But for the most part, as recent strong winds have died down, so has the number of fires associated with those winds.

Ronnie Metcalf hopes he can get some TLC after responding to a lot of S.O.S.

"We spent most of the day and night... We returned back at the station this morning at around 4 am, and we left yesterday at around 10:30," says Metcalf.

Metcalf, the assistant chief of the Redings Mill Fire Protection District, says several fires during this time covered a total of 30 acres.  The cause of one fire, in particular, that destroyed part of a home is still under investigation.

"We believe an outside fire extended into an 'out' building, a shed-type structure, that was close to a home.  It then extended into the home," says Metcalf.

But this fire, as with the recent others, were accelerated by strong winds gusting up to 50 mph. 

"We have a burn ban in place, but some people don't know about the burn ban.  They were burning trash, other materials, and it caused the fire to spread," says Metcalf.

"Even the things you burn in previous days..."

...Previous days without strong winds...

"They come back to life later on," says Carl Junction Fire Protection District Chief Joe Perkins.

Perkins says his firefighters have recently responded to 15 fire calls because of the winds.

"There's only been one documented actual piece of property, other than grass and trees, things like that, but actual piece of property that was lost in all of that.  So, they've done a fantastic job," says Perkins.

Perkins is commending his firefighters, and Metcalf does the same.  Most importantly, neither fire protection district reports any injuries associated with the recent fires.

The Redings Mill Fire Protection District asked the Joplin Fire Department for mutual aid, since other rural fire departments were too busy.

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