For several years, signs of ﬁres starters could be seen in the area; such as ﬂipped
cigarettes from cars, cars with overheated mufﬂer in dry grass waiting to cool down,
camping with out a safety area around the camp ﬁre ( brush was not cleared around the
campﬁre), campﬁres unattended, for several hours.
I once asks a person why he ﬂipped a cigarette out of his car, in this area, his reply, it
will land on the paved road and burn itself out. But what if it doesn't burn itself out.? His
reply was, "Don't worry they always do!"
No they don't. As an example, once on the way to Kennedy Meadows several cars,
behind a car, that ﬂipped out a cigaret, took down their license plate number. About an
hour later, a brush ﬁre broke out and started a ﬁre that burned for many hours. The ﬁre
investigators found that the ﬁre broke out from a burning cigarette stub. The person who
threw the cigaret stub out of the car was arrested. So as you can see that cigarettes
stubs do not put themselves out once they hit the pavement.
One of the dangerous ﬁre starters in the forest or wildﬁre areas is natures lightning
storms. They hit where ever they want, and so far they can't be stopped. They can be
traced and watched. If anything starts, the forest service is right their to stop a beginning
wildﬁre. One of the dangerous things about a wildﬁre, if they burn long enough the can
start their own thunderstorm. This storm can then start other ﬁres in the area, which will
extend the ﬁre, so the forest service gets onto these type of ﬁres right a away
You might ask,"How can a wildﬁre become a thunderstorm? It takes time, but nature has all the time in the world. After a wildﬁre starts, it builds up heat that rises to the the top, in other words, the heat goes straight up into the atmosphere.
And once it hits a certain height, it condenses into moisture, which in reality is a cloud
that is heavy with water. Meanwhile, all the elements for lightning build up into the cloud
too. After a while, nature makes the conditions right for a lightning storm, then the cloud
releases it lightning.When it strikes the ground, in brush, trees, or etc. a small ﬁre can start. If the forest service doesn't get on it, it can burn for days before it becomes a fully active wildﬁre.
So who ever tells you that if you ﬂipped a cigarette onto pavement that it would alway
go out are wrong. In other words, a ﬂipped cigarette could be a starter for a wild ﬁre
too. So, why take the chance of ﬂipping it out onto the pavement, when you can always
put it out in an ashtray.