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Fires on Highway 41 near Road 406 - photo Paul Adelizi

Highway 41 Fires Started By Vehicle Malfunction

O’NEALS – Several fires that started along Highway 41 last Friday night serve as a good reminder to everyone that fire season is not over, and that keeping your vehicle in good working order is crucial to “One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire.”

Just after 11 p.m. on Oct. 19, crews responded to reports of three fires burning along the northbound side of Highway 41 two miles south of Road 200.

With a quick response by firefighters, all three were all contained within the hour.

According to Cal Fire, the fires were sparked by a malfunctioning vehicle (no further details).

Motorists are responsible for many of the wildfires sparked along our roadways. Nearly all these fire starts could be prevented by following these safety rules:

  • Secure Chains – Practice safe towing. Dragging chains throws sparks. Use appropriate safety pins and hitch ball to secure chains.
  • No Dragging Parts – Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained, with nothing dragging on the ground.
  • Check Tire Pressure – Maintain proper tire pressure. Driving on exposed wheel rims will throw sparks.
  • Carry a fire extinguisher in your vehicle and learn how to use it.
  • Don’t drive your vehicle onto dry grass or brush. Hot exhaust pipes and mufflers can start fires that you won’t even see—until it’s too late!
  • Properly Maintain Brakes – Brakes worn too thin may cause metal to metal contact, which can cause a spark.

To learn more, visit http://www.readyforwildfire.org.

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