Wildfire safety reminders for ATVers

The current wildfire situation in B.C. means ATVers need to be extra careful where they ride

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Fire burning through pine trees.

According to the BC Wildfire Service during the last 10-year average—taken from 2011 to 2020—on average, 42% of wildfires are human-caused and 58% are lightning-caused. — Gilitukha/iStock/Thinkstock photo

With numerous fires burning across British Columbia and more hot, dry weather on the way, the BC Wildfire Service has asked the public to be diligent when in the backcountry.

ATVers can do their part in preventing new fires from starting by keeping the following things in mind:

Avoid tinder dry areas

The heat from the exhaust system on an ATV can ignite a wildfire. Riding in the tall grass is certainly not a good idea at this time. Also, be cautions if idling near tall grass.

Keep in mind that grass can build up near the muffler and around the engine. When it dries, it may fall to the ground and start a fire, so stop often to inspect your ATV for grass and other debris.

Ensure your ATV has a spark arrestor

The spark arrestor is a small mesh screen located inside the muffler that traps the sparks and keeps them from reaching the ground. Some ATVs have had the spark arrestor removed for so-called horsepower gain. Watch this video to see how to check your machine for a spark arrestor.

Carry fire suppression equipment

A small fire extinguisher, a collapsible pail and a shovel are some tools you can keep on board that will help you extinguish a fire if it occurs.

Stay informed

It is imperative that we all do our part to prevent fires from starting. For more information about fire bans and other wildfire info, see the BC Wildfire Service website


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