Fire officials blame a car's exhaust for sparking the Jennings Fire in Lakeside this week, raising concerns that it could happen again in the near future.
LAKESIDE, Calif. (KGTV) - Fire officials blame a car's exhaust for sparking the Jennings Fire in Lakeside this week, raising concerns that it could happen again in the near future.
Mechanics at Mossy Nissan in Kearny Mesa tell 10News a faulty catalytic converter is the most likely culprit.
When it breaks down, small pieces of it fly out of the tailpipe, burning hot like embers. They can travel for several feet in the air and land in brush, starting the fire.
They also say there are three main warning signs that your car's catalytic converter is breaking down:
1. Your check engine light comes one
2. Your car doesn't feel like it's running at full power
3. You smell something like gas or burning coming from your car
They say taking your car to a mechanic if any of these things happen could be the difference between a simple repair, or starting a brush fire.
It's also important to be safe with equipment that can start a fire, like lawn mowers and trimmers.
Cal Fire has tips including:
Find safety information HERE.