The San Diego region is no stranger to wildfires, but local officials are still working to introduce some key policies that would help avoid disaster. Contrary to some post-Bernardo wildfire speculation just a few months back, the leading cause of these catastrophes in San Diego isn’t arson.

READ MORE: How Wildfires Start (Hint: It’s Usually Not Arson)

Rather, the majority of wildfires in San Diego have been caused by outdoor equipment such as lawnmowers and tractors. San Diego authorities are putting the responsibility on homeowners, starting a campaign to warn residents about how and when to use such equipment.

In this San Diego Explained, Voice of San Diego’s Ari Bloomekatz joins NBC 7’s Catherine Garcia to explain ways to reduce the chances of causing wildfires, and why businesses like construction companies don’t necessarily need to abide by the suggestions.

Matthew is a freelance contributor to Voice of San Diego. You can reach him at

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