WHEREAS, the State of Missouri has experienced a prolonged period of record heat and low precipitation and this weather pattern is expected to continue into the future; and
WHEREAS, these weather conditions have created a significant risk of fire in many parts of the state; and
WHEREAS, fires involving vegetation, grass and timber have occurred in recent days; and
WHEREAS, the state will continue to be proactive where the health and safety of the citizens of Missouri are concerned; and
WHEREAS, the resources of the State of Missouri may be needed to assist affected jurisdictions and to help relieve the condition of distress and hazard to the safety and welfare of our fellow Missourians.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Missouri, do hereby direct that the Missouri State Emergency Operations Center be activated.
I further direct the State Emergency Management Agency, State Fire Marshal, and such other state agencies as determined appropriate to address the fire danger affecting this state by maintaining and coordinating communications with local authorities affected by fire danger, continuing planning and preparation efforts including the identification and readying of firefighting and public safety assets and personnel, and providing such assistance needed by local authorities.
I further order the State Fire Marshal to coordinate the deployment of fire resources through the mutual aid system.
I further order the Adjutant General to prepare plans to respond to fire related situations and to identify units, personnel and assets appropriate for those circumstances and to place such units on notice for possible activation should the need arise.
This order shall terminate on July 29, 2012 unless extended in whole or in part.
IN WITNESS 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 29th day of June, 2012.