"Apparently, I should have, you know, walked around here and made sure that the fireworks didn't get into the grass," Rick Voss admitted. "But, I actually didn't think it did. It didn't even cross my mind."
So far this year, Missouri has had at least 50 wildfires. Burning grass or trash caused more than half of them.
"No matter whether you do it on purpose or not," Voss added, "you'd better keep an eye on what is going on, otherwise the result could be like this."
Experts said people who burn anything should beware of potential danger.
"The finer fuels, the grasses and weeds, dry up very, very quickly," explained Chief Steve Paulsell of the Boone County Fire Protection District. "So, we can literally have rainfall at 8:00 in the morning and, by noon on a sunny, dry, windy day, it could be dried out and burning again. People need to be aware that, although it may look a little bit greener out, there's still a lot of dead material on the ground."
Wildfire season ususlly starts in February and ends in April, but fire officials warned it will probably extend into May this year.