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Wednesday, 19 August 2020 16:58

Auto Club Warns Vehicles Could Cause Wildfires

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Vehicles have been the cause of some of California’s largest, most expensive fires, including the 2017 Carr Fire near Redding.

Costing more than $1.6 billion, the Carr Fire started when a trailer blowout caused the metal rim to spark, igniting roadside vegetation.

 

More recently, Cal Fire officials said a diesel-fueled vehicle emitting burning carbon from the exhaust system was to blame for starting the Apple Fire near Banning late last month.
 
With temperatures in many parts of Southern California expected to be in the mid-90s to low 100s, the Automobile Club of Southern California offers the following tips to help vehicle owners prevent wildfires:
 
Stay on Paved Surfaces

 

If you need to pull over, stay on paved surfaces to avoid dry vegetation.

 

Don’t park on the side of the road where flammables, including dry grass, may reach hot parts of the vehicle, including the muffler or catalytic converter. 
 
Secure Chains

 

Practice safe towing. Dragging chains throws sparks. Use appropriate safety pins and hitch ball to secure chains.


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