Prevent vehicle related wildfires

-- U.S. Forest ServiceJuly 12, 2013 

Fire danger in the state of California is above normal levels. Significantly dry conditions are present due to historically low precipitation and high temperatures. Everyone has the responsibility to prevent human-caused wildfires. Please use extreme caution when traveling on highways.

You can help prevent these destructive fires by following some simple guidelines:

Be wheel safe — Check tire pressure. Driving on an exposed wheel rim throws sparks.

Be prepared — Carry a shovel and a fire extinguisher in your vehicle and Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV).

Follow all public-use restrictions and access closures. It is important to check with local agencies about any closures before venturing off road.

Keep vehicles off dry grass — Exhaust systems can heat up to 1,000 degrees and ignite adjacent grasses and shrubs.

Check your spark arrester — Before heading outdoors, clean your OHV spark arrester. This will reduce the chance of a spark starting a wildfire.

Nothing dragging — Make sure vehicles are properly maintained with nothing dragging on the ground. We can all make a difference in reducing human-caused fires during this season. Remember: ‘One Less Spark — One Less Wildfire.’

For more information on the ‘One Less Spark’ campaign, visit www.preventwildfireca.org.

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