BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Cal Fire said there have been six fires ignited by lawnmowers in the North State back in 2017 and since then there’s been a surge with fires created by lawn mowers, and now the agency is providing tips.
The main advice that Cal Fire says to be aware of when mowing the lawn during the summer season is to mow before 10 a.m., that’s when fire danger is at the lowest rate.
Cal Fire also said lawn mowers should only be used on the lawn and front-end trimmers should only be used on taller vegetation.
Action News Now spoke to Mike Waters, a Fire Captain Specialist from Cal Fire-Butte County about the lawn mowing situation.
“Front-end trimmers, the walk behind push weed trimmers, people think they're inherently safe because they have plastic string and that's what's spinning around really fast, but they don't realize the ball in the front is metal and both heads can come in contact with rocks and cause rock strikes,” Waters said.
Cal Fire also recommends having a fire extinguisher or a shovel around the home just in case flames start to get out of control.