Information Released in Regards to Ferguson Fire

Information Released in Regards to Ferguson Fire

More information was released in regards to the cause of mid-July’s Ferguson Fire.  According to U.S. Forest Service, superheated pieces of a vehicle’s catalytic converter that came into contact with dry roadside vegetation caused the spark of the Ferguson Fire.  The Ferguson Fire was approximately 150-square-miles and caused the deaths of two firefighters along with 19 injuries, 10 destroyed structures, burned more than 96,000 acres, and took a toll on the economies of counties near Yosemite National Park.  The U.S. Forest Service claims that motorists are responsible for many of the wildfires that are sparked along roadways and state that these can be prevented by following vehicle maintenance and safety measures such as practice safe towing by securing chains, be sure there are no dragging parts on your vehicle, check tire pressure and tread, carry a fire extinguisher, and do not drive or park on dry grass or brush.  For more information, contact the USDA Forest Service at (800) 832-1355.

Written by KVGC Staff

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