Help Prevent Equipment-Caused WildfiresAug 05, 2023 06:12AM ● By Content Editor
From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - August 4, 2023
Drought conditions in Minnesota are increasing wildfire risk in central Minnesota. Recently, several equipment-caused wildfires have occurred. Exhaust systems and motors can reach temperatures of more than 1,000 degrees during operation, and equipment can create sparks by hitting rocks or hard surfaces. Taking steps to maintain equipment and putting safety first will help reduce unintentional, equipment-caused wildfires.
It only takes one spark to turn harvest season into wildfire season. Whether you’re working in the field, doing yard work, or operating other heavy machinery, you can help prevent wildfires by following these tips:
- Keep equipment maintained to minimize overheating and sparks.
- Look to the rear regularly to make sure your equipment is not starting fires.
- Park on gravel or pavement whenever possible. Avoid idling or parking near tall grasses or vegetation.
- When doing in-field repairs, use extreme caution when welding, torching, or grinding.
- Keep a water supply extinguisher, and tools nearby, as well as a phone to call for help.
If you spot a wildfire, call 911.
Fire danger can change quickly. Check current conditions at mndnr.gov/burnrestrictions