Check your hot spots – off-highway vehicles can cause wildfires

Last year, about 80% of wildfires in Alberta were caused by human activities.

We all know that campfires, burn barrels, and cigarettes can spark wildfires – and we know how to make sure they don’t.

But less obvious activities such as off-highway vehicle use can pose just as much fire risk. Here’s what you can do to minimize it.

What happens:

  • Vegetation and debris that gets trapped in vehicle ‘hot spots’ – under the seat, inside the engine, and in the exhaust pipe – can quickly reach ignition temperatures.
  • If the vehicle shakes that debris loose and it falls into dry grass or leaves, it can spark a wildfire – and once one starts, it can easily get out of control.

How to stop it:

  1. Ensure your vehicle and its hot spots are clean and free of debris before you start your ride.
  2. When you first enter grassy areas, stop your vehicle and clean any debris from hot spot areas before continuing.
  3. Be aware of your surroundings, and carry a collapsible shovel and pail with you to put out any fires that do occur before they get out of control.

If you do see a fire, call 310-FIRE to report it.

We’re all out there together – do your part to keep our landscape safe this summer.

 

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