This summer, the Pacific Northwest has witnessed a rapid spread of wildfires. Because of this, it is vital that we do all we can to prevent additional fires from damaging our planet, hurting our communities, and putting our loved ones at risk. One simple action that can help prevent wildfires is making sure your off-road vehicle (ORV) has a spark arrestor. A spark arrestor is a small screen or object placed just a few inches inside your muffler and/or silencer. The spark arrestor traps the sparks from your vehicle and keeps them from reaching the ground. Without a spark arrestor, there is a greater possibility of your ORV starting a wildfire.
DNR Natural Resources Police Officers conduct random checks on off-road vehicles for spark arrestors. Without a spark arrestor, you will be cited and fined. If you cause a wildfire, you are responsible for the suppression costs.
Learn how to check for a spark arrestor by watching the step-by-step video guide above.
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Read the state’s rules for spark arrestors.
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