Governor Jay Nixon ordered the activation of the State Emergency Operations Center Monday. This is in response to the recent fires and prolonged heat wave gripping the state.

The Governor also ordered the Missouri National Guard to ready its assets and resources needed to support firefighting operations in Missouri. The Missouri Division of Fire Safety is assisting with the coordination of resources.

The Governor said in a statement that “Extremely hot and dry conditions across our state have created conditions…prone for fires… seen in several counties in recent days”.