Critical drought condtions in Missouri and southeast Kansas have caused vegetation to become dormant and very dry, especially in grassland areas. Small sparks from equipment, fireworks, and cigarettes can easily ignite the dry vegetation right now. Even normally lush forest/woodland areas have become dry. Numerous outdoor wildfires have occurred since late June with fires becoming larger and harder to control as the drought has worsened, even in light to moderate wind condtions. Wildfires of over 500 acres, and even 1000 acres, have occurred in some areas. The above pictures were all recently taken in southern Missouri.
There are numerous burn bans in effect for the region. If planning outdoor burning projects, check with local officials concerning any bans or restrictions put in place in your area.