Some items on a car’s luggage rack caught fire and started the Sycamore fire that burned 200 acres on Highway 87 outside the Tonto National Forest near Sunflower, Arizona on Thursday. According to a story at myFOX phoenix, a driver noticed smoke coming from the luggage rack on his car, stopped and removed the burning items which fell to the ground and started the fire. The driver burned his arm while he was taking the burning luggage off the car. The fire was about 70% contained at 9 p.m. Thursday night and was being managed by Weeks’ Type 3 Incident Management Team.
Any suggestions on what ignition sources could start a fire on a car’s luggage rack? Perhaps faulty electronics inside the luggage, or hot carbon particles from the exhaust of a truck?