ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI)-- The extremely dry weather has area firefighters concerned. Fireworks go on sale soon in some locations and that could make matters worse.
Captain Dan Casey with the St. Charles Fire Department says, “This year we’re dry so we’re going to have to be on our toes a little bit.”
Federal officials reported fireworks cause 18,000 fires, 8,600 injuries and $38 million in property loses each year. The arid conditions have firefighters here expecting a challenge.
Captain Dan Casey said, “When it’s dry like this we know we’re going to be busy.”
Megan Rosenkoetter owns a home in St. Charles County, she said, “It has been dry a lot lately so it can be a problem.”
Fire officials are advising people to wet down yards where fireworks will be used and always have a bucket of water and a hose handy. Homeowner Owen Burger plans to be watching the skies closely around July 4th.
Burger said, “I watch for these bottle rockets. They shoot them off up above me here in this direction and a lot of them will land on my roof so I’m pretty concerned. I keep the hose hooked up all the time in case I need it."
Rain maybe in the forecast but it seems doubtful enough will fall to dramatically change the parched conditions in the St. Louis area.