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.
- 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:
- Ensure your vehicle and its hot spots are clean and free of debris before you start your ride.
- When you first enter grassy areas, stop your vehicle and clean any debris from hot spot areas before continuing.
- 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.