By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)
Source: San Bernardino County Fire District (Information)
Downtown Needles, California: A small vegetation fire burned along a hillside off the left shoulder of the J Street off-ramp from westbound Interstate 40 at around 9:53 a.m. PT on Monday, June 6th, 2022.
Medical Engine 32 from San Bernardino County Fire District’s Station 32 responded to the scene and quickly put out the small vegetation fire.
The cause of the fire is not yet known, but authorities want to remind all motorists to be responsible with their lit cigarette; not to be careless in tossing their lit cigarettes out if their vehicle onto the roadways, highways and interstates, and make sure that you have nothing that is metal such as a metal chain from dragging along the roadway so not to spark a fire.
With lots of dry up vegetation and the very hot weather conditions in the desert, a spark from a discarded lit cigarettes or a spark from a dragging chain can cause a fire that can threaten lives and property.
Be responsible, not careless; use an ashtray to put out lit cigarettes, and secure any loose metal chains or objects that can drag along the roadway causing sparks.