ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO. (KPLR) - If you ask any longtime area residents if this latest heat wave has a different feel to it, here’s one typical answer.
"It's dry like Arizona," said Chet Mika, St. Charles County resident.
That drier air is something St. Louis is not accustomed to feeling. Some 1st responders worry that the deceptive feel could spell trouble.
"I think people are staying out longer and it's taking a toll on them," said Assistant Chief Steve Brown, Central County Fire and Rescue.
He cautioned residents to avoid the heat and hopes neighbors will check on each other.
He showed us how his department helps keep firefighters cool. At the fire station on Timberbrook Drive in St. Peters, a truck is filled with fans and buckets of water. The fans blow a cool mist on firefighters.
It's been a busy time for brush and mulch fires. A 1st alarm was sounded near Highway B and Hodges Club Road.
St. Charles Fire Capt. Dan Casey said a mulch fire probably started on its own.
"It's so dry and so hot that anything could be brought up to its ignition temperature rather quickly," explained Casey.
The big concern in the coming days will be fireworks. Farmington and Arnold have already cancelled their city's displays. Many fire departments are discouraging anyone from shooting off backyard fireworks.
"We're really worried,' said Brown.