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Stop, check your car: Is it safe during fire season?

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The Kia CHP says caught fire and started the Grade Fire. (CHP SLO) The Kia CHP says caught fire and started the Grade Fire. (CHP SLO)

Two vehicles started fires over the weekend, and CAL FIRE SLO says one started a larger vegetation fire, so fire crews are urging local residents to practice vehicle safety. 

"Motorists are responsible for so many of the wildfires sparked along our roadways," read a picture CAL FIRE tweeted. 

Fire officials say nearly all of the fires started by vehicles can be prevented by following these safety rules: 

Secure chains: Practice safe towing; dragging chains throw sparks. Use appropriate safety pins and hitch ball to secure chains. 

No dragging parts: Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained with nothing dragging on the ground. 

Check tire pressure: Maintain proper tire pressure, driving on exposed wheel rims will throw sparks. Carry a fire extinguisher in your vehicle and learn how to use it. Don't drive your vehicle onto dry grass or brush. Hot exhaust pipes and mufflers can start fires that you won't see until it's too late. 

Properly maintain brakes: Brakes worn too thin may cause metal to metal contact, which can cause a spark. 

The next time you're about to hit the road; check what you're lugging around first. 

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