Off Highway Vehicles

Alberta Sustainable Resource Development and Clearwater Regional Fire Rescue Services as partners in protection are working together to provide community awareness of fire prevention and safety. Each year, thousands of people visit the Clearwater Area to enjoy the stunning, natural beauty while taking part in a number of recreational activities, including off highway vehicle (OHV) use. Unfortunately, as the popularity of OHVs increases, so do the number of wildfires that they cause.

How do they start?

An exhaust system heats up to over 204 C, the ignition threshold of forest vegetation. At these temperatures, any debris such as grass and muskeg located near the exhaust system can ignite and potentially start a wildfire.

What can I do to prevent MY OHV from starting a wildfire?

Before you ride, inspect your OHV and clear out any debris that has built up near the exhaust and under the seat. After riding through muskeg or tall grass, stop and remove any debris. Dispose of the hot debris safely by making sure that it is out! Ensure that the muffler and spark arresters on your OHV are in good working condition and always carry a small fire extinguisher and collapsible shovel.

Ensure that there are not any fire bans or forest closures in the area by visiting the website www.albertafirebans.ca before you head out.

By being aware that your OHV could possibly start a wildfire and by taking the proper precautions, you can prevent a potentially devastating event. Remember, if you are responsible for starting a wildfire you can be charged under the Forest and Prairie Protection Act and be held responsible for the costs incurred to fight it. If you see smoke or fire in the forest, call toll-free 310-FIRE.