Hot cars may cause grass fires

Hot, dry and windy conditions expected this week

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Between 50 and 75 small fires or smoke were reported Sunday in the Willamette National Forest, and the Pacific Northwest had at least 73 new small fires spark over 568 acres.

There’s no stopping Mother Nature. When lightning strikes, it may cause a fire.

But officials said there is a way to prevent human-caused fires.

With hot and dry conditions with some wind in the forecast this week, multiple new fires may start from lightning.

“The potential is there for many more fires to pop up during that hot and dry time period,” said public fire specialist Robin DeMario.

One thing DeMario suggested is not to drive over or into grassy areas.

“The catalytic converter on vehicles gets very hot, so don’t drive into grassy areas where there’s tall grass. It has potential for the hot part of your vehicle to ignite those high grasses.”

If you smoke, don’t throw your butts out onto the grass.

“We are going to have a lot of lightning fires, but we don’t need to have our resources stretched to try and cover human caused fires at the same time,” DeMario said. “Make sure you abide by the camp fire restrictions in effect.”

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