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Cal Fire Urges Caution this Red Flag Weekend

Another wildfire can start with a single spark, so firefighters urge us to be careful this weekend.

Posted: Jun. 29, 2018 11:41 AM

Butte County, Calif.-- During wildfire season, we hear the same advice from firefighters every year.

Nonetheless, people continue to make the same mistakes that spark these destructive and even deadly wildfires.

Much of the valley in under a red flag warning through the weekend, and cal fire plans to step up it's prevention efforts throughout Butte County.

But firefighters can't be everywhere at once, so there is an element of personal responsibility that they're urging we all take this summer.

"If you're out mowing a field at noon on a hot windy day where the humidity is 10% or lower and your lawn mower blade hits a rock, one spark is all it takes to start a huge fire," said Cal Fire Butte County Public Information Officer Rick Carhart.

Carhart says it happen all too often where a hot engine starts a series of fires along the highway without the driver even knowing it.

"It's not necessarily, 'Oh I'm not towing a trailer so I don't have to worry about it.' Things as simple as, 'Your car isn't as tuned up as well as it should and so you could get red hot little pieces of your catalytic converter spitting out of your exhaust pipe," said Carhart.

With the Fouth of July around the corner, those who choose to buy fireworks need to be very aware of the fire-risk and follow the rules.

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