MONETT, Mo. -

Rock salt contains nitrogen, which is a key producer of fire. That being said, many grass fires are popping up on the side of the road like one on Monday morning near Aurora.  That's why the Monett Fire Department issued a ban on open burning.

Capt. Dewayne Irwin says he wants folk to be extra cautious right now, whether they are under a burn ban or not.

"A lot of people are burning, burning trash, dumping their ashes or just burning garbage, the wind is so bad and it's picking up and it's starting the fires," said Irwin.

Avoid burning trash or dumping ashes. The wind can easily cause those fires to spread. A good time to burn is after rain, when the conditions aren't as dry.