Experts Warn About Wildfire Season after Lawn Mower Sparks Fire

Firefighters realized fire season may be starting early this year when a lawn mower sparked a flame that spread to a field.
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Fire leaders say some years fire season starts early—and so far, 2018 looks to be one of those years—as a Pasco, Washington property-owner learned.

The man was mowing a firebreak when something under his recently fueled riding mower caught fire, spreading to the field he was clearing.

Pasco Firefighters say dead vegetation from last year makes excellent fuel and if this spring is a dry one, we could have another wildfire season like last year.

That's why Fire Chief Mike Harris said you need to be prepared before heading out, even if your spring cleanup doesn't involve a controlled burn.

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