The ADOT safe-driving tips and resources at inform motorists about how to stay safe on Arizona’s roads.

Roadside fires

Don't spark a fire: Check chains, don't flick cigarette butts out windows

While crews from the Arizona Department of Transportation mow vegetation along highway shoulders in the winter and spring and remove brush, thin trees and spray fire retardant within the ADOT right-of-way to prevent fires and slow the spread of those that occur, motorists play a role, too.

Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained.

Don't let your car ignite a brush fire.


Here are ways motorists can help cut down on sparks that lead to fires:

  • Dragging chains during towing can cause sparks. Check and secure tow chains, and never substitute parts when towing.
  • Make sure nothing is hanging beneath your vehicle and dragging on the pavement.
  • Check tire pressure before you travel. Exposed wheel rims can cause sparks.
  • Don’t park in tall grass, as the heat from parts under your vehicle can start a fire.

Visit the Arizona Interagency Wildfire Prevention website for more information.