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Arizona Department of Transportation provides advice to avoid wildfires

A chain dragging on the road caused a brush fire along Arizona Highway 87 this month. (Arizona Department of Transportation courtesy photo)

A chain dragging on the road caused a brush fire along Arizona Highway 87 this month. (Arizona Department of Transportation courtesy photo)

PHOENIX – Just one spark can cause all kinds of problems, the Arizona Department of Transportation wrote in a news release advising motorists to take precautions to prevent starting fires during the current dry conditions.

In addition to putting lives and property at risk, fires that spread quickly in dry brush can lead to highway closures and inconvenience for motorists, ADOT noted.

Dragging chains and other metal, a common cause of sparks along highways, can spark brush fires. In 2018 the 377 Fire burned nearly 5,000 acres and prompted evacuations after a trailer dragged metal along Arizona Highway 377 between Heber-Overgaard and Holbrook

During the winter and spring, ADOT crews mow vegetation along highway shoulders. Crews also remove brush and spray fire retardant within the ADOT right of way to reduce the risk of fires and slow the spread of those that occur.

Here’s how you can help cut down on sparks that start wildfires:

  • Check and secure tow chains. Make sure nothing is dragging on your vehicle or trailer.
  • Check tire pressure. Exposed wheel rims can cause sparks.
  • Check for worn brake pads, which can cause sparks.
  • Don’t park in tall grass. Heat from parts under your vehicle can start a fire.

For more information on how to prevent fires, visit wildlandfire.az.gov.

Information provided by Arizona Department of Transportation

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