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Another hot, dry day in southwest Missouri, another large grass fire near Ozark blamed on fireworks.
Saturday, crews had to put out a 40-acre fire near Old Prospect and Elk Valley that took a farmer's entire winter stock of hay. On Sunday, nearly every department that could be called in converged at McCracken and Hawkins for a fire burning a few hundred yards from a subdivision.
Ozark Fire Chief Darren White tells KTTS News with the ground as parched as it is, they didn't want to take any chances. The fire wound up destroying 20 acres, but didn't damage any homes or a church that's also nearby.
Christian County Sheriff Joey Kyle tells KTTS News a witness saw someone drive by in a late 90's Dodge 2-tone maroon and silver pickup truck - shooting fireworks from the cab. Both Sheriff Kyle and Fire Chief White believe that's likely what sparked the quick-moving fire.
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