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ADOT: "One less spark, one less wildfire"

Posted at 5:52 PM, May 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-15 20:52:09-04

The Arizona Department of Transportation is reminding motorists to use caution while on the road during fire season.

Motorists play an important role in cutting down on sparks that lead to fires.

ADOT sent out the following guidelines to lower the chances of a wildfire:

  • Dragging chains during towing can cause sparks. Check and secure tow chains, and never substitute parts when towing
  • Make sure nothing is hanging beneath your vehicle and dragging on the pavement
  • Check tire pressure before you travel. Exposed wheel rims can cause sparks
  • Don’t park in tall grass, as the heat from parts under your vehicle can start a fire

According to the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, draggin chains is one of the main causes of fires along highways.

“We continue to get multiple fire starts along Arizona's highways due to unsecured chains,” said Tiffany Davila, public affairs officer for the Department of Forestry and Fire Management. “The drought conditions and dry fuels equate to very high fire danger across the state. One spark is really all it can take to start a fast-moving wildfire.”