State conservation officials suspect arson in about 20 wildfires near the Truman Reservoir in west-central Missouri in the past week.
The Department of Conservation says the fires burned more than 1,000 acres of public and private land. No injuries or structural losses have been reported, but officials say wildfires can cause significant harm and that fighting them costs money and puts people at risk.
The conservation agency says crews have fought about 50 fires this year in Henry and St. Clair counties that have burned about 3,000 acres.
On the anniversary of the suspicious fire that destroyed a mosque in Joplin, mosque officials say they are making progress in plans to rebuild.
The Islamic Society of Joplin Mosque was destroyed by fire last Aug. 6. The cause of the fire has not been determined. The mosque was damaged by another fire on July 4 of last year. That blaze has been ruled an arson.
The mosque will be rebuilt inside city limits. Navid Zaidi, a mosque board member, says no rebuilding will start until the fundraising is complete.
A federal judge says he will allow a man convicted of setting fires in the University of Missouri's Ellis Library and in a Stephens College building to represent himself during sentencing and a possible appeal.
Christopher Kelley says his appointed federal defense attorney was ineffective, but since he says he can't afford a different attorney, he'll have to defend himself. He has been in jail since being convicted in April for setting fires at Stephens College in May 2011 and in MU's Ellis Library that September.