It’s summer. It’s a time to get out, have fun and ride. But this summer has been exceptionally hot and dry. Those of us in the western part of the country are going through a heatwave on top of a really bad drought. These conditions have made fire danger an extreme. And since there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight, we thought it might be appropriate to review some fire safety recommendations. These are always a good idea. But they seem especially important this year.
UTV Fire Safety
- Check with forest or ranger districts before you go for fire restrictions or area closures.
- Avoid tall dry brush. The exhaust system on your machine can get really hot. It can ignite a brush fire within a matter of seconds.
- Stay on established trails and roads.
- Park on developed Surfaces. Again, not on dry grass or brush.
- Carry a shovel and a fire extinguisher in your vehicle. Also, consider bringing a bucket or anything that you could use to carry water.
- Check underneath the machine for brush caught on the undercarriage.
- Make sure to clean out and maintain the spark arrestor.
- If you are towing your rig to and from your destinations, make sure the chains aren’t dragging.
- Pay attention to sudden changes in the weather. Lightning often starts forest fires. If a sudden storm kicks up, it may be a good idea to leave the area.
- And of course, keep your campfire small. Make sure to drown the fire with water when you put it out. If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.
If you do spot a fire while you are on the trail, contact emergency officials as soon as possible. Note the location and any suspicious activity and report it as best you can. Be safe out there.