When conditions are as dry as they are now, fires can be ignited extremely easily, from a surprisingly wide range of sources. Any metal-to-metal friction can create a spark; vehicle exhaust systems (especially the catalytic converters, which must be hot to work properly) can easily ignite dry brush; oily rags can spontaneously ignite; the heat generated by organic decomposition can make compost piles highly combustible; glass or metal objects can focus sunlight to a high enough temperature to burn a wide range of combustibles; and then of course there is human carelessness and irresponsible behavior. It pays to not only be careful, but also be keenly aware of the many things that can ignite fires. And to the extent we can, provide water to lawns, shrubs, and trees, so that they can be more resistant to fires and ignition sources.
Credit to Daniel West
Remember, if you think you see smoke and you’re not sure about it call 911 and tell dispatch.
- Driving in dry grass
- Glass bottle in dry grass in the sun
- Chain hanging from vehicle hitting pavement
- Oily rags in a hot location
- Bad spark arrester on your motor.
- And so much more!