As Santa Clarita broils in triple-digit daytime heat, officials from the Los Angeles County Fire Department suspect hot vehicle undercarriages, not arson, may have caused a series of small fires along Highway 14 Thursday.
The excessive heat wave hitting the Santa Clarita Valley is leaving the undercarriage of cars dangerously hot, and fire officials think the fires might have been caused by heat from cars.
“We’ve seen several fires starting early this year, and the heat brings up more issues,” said Fire Inspector Richard Licon.
“When people pull over to the side of the road and the muffler is pointed over at the brush, the exhaust can start a fire. So we want to make sure that if you do pull over, be sure to turn off your car,” Licon said.
California Highway Patrol officer Josh Greengard confirmed that despite initial reports, officers did not have any direct evidence of arson. The pattern of fires started alongside Highway 14 where cars had pulled over in triple-digit heat certainly made sense, he said.
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