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A Sermon on One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire

posted Jul 6, 2014, 4:31 PM by Joe Christy
A week or two ago, a pickup with a flat in the rear hence riding on its rim, set small fires for 3-4 miles with sparks along the Hwy 101 frontage road down by Paso Robles. Luckily, the farmers along the road had bladed a strip so the fires were confined to the immediate roadside, and the Highway Patrol eventually brought the flat to the driver's attention!
Be very careful working with metal bladed a/o power tools outdoors, confining your activity to the cool of the morning and taking the same sort of precautions as you would doing a backyard burn (water nearby, attentiveness to smoke and sparks). There's a good reason Boy Scouts learn to start a fire with metal, a rock, and dry grass.