Your vehicle can start a wildfire

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This SUV ignites a wildfire when its hot catalytic converter came in contact with dry grass. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
With unprecedented wildfire activity scorching the state so far this year, fire safety is at the forefront of everyone’s minds as they go about their daily business.“Most fires in California are started by humans,” Crystal Kolden, a fire scientist at UC Merced, said. The blazes are caused by downed power lines, equipment failures, car accidents and campfires.Vehicles can cause fires by their very nature. Made of metal that can spark, equipped with exhaust that can get dangerously hot and powered by batteries or fuel that can ignite, cars, trucks, motorcycles and recreational vehicles can be to blame when a fire surges out of control.Auto and RV exhaust systems can spark as a result of the combustion process. Off road OHVs and dirt bikes must be equipped with spark arresto
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