Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV) and Fires

From the largest 4 x 4 to the smallest dirt bike, riding it off-road could start a costly wildfire. To prevent this, follow these easy tips:

  • Before you ride, ensure that there is no debris build up:
    • Around the exhaust
    • In the engine and manifold
    • In the wheel wells
    • Under the seat
  • Avoid muskeg at all times

    If you can't avoid it, stop and remove any debris that may have built up:

    • Around the exhaust
    • In the engine and manifold
    • In the wheel wells
    • Under the seat
  • Always carry a small fire extinguisher and collapsible shovel to put out small fires.
  • Wash your OHV regularly at a commercial car wash or your home.

    DO NOT wash your OHV in a stream, creek or lake.

  • Remember that you are required to have a spark arrester on your OHV.

    Ensure that your spark arrester and muffler are in good working condition. Any alteration to the factory components can increase your chance of starting a wildfire and can lead to enforcement actions.

If you spot a wildfire or see an out-of-control fire call 310-FIRE (toll-free) anywhere in Alberta.

Remember that if you are found responsible for the start of a wildfire you may be charged under the Forest and Prairie Protection Act and be held responsible for the cost of extinguishing the fire.

For details on legislation, see the Queen's Printer website at:

 

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Updated: Jun 14, 2016