20-Acre Mission Viejo Brush Fire Was Sparked By Titanium Golf Club Striking Rock, Officials Say
20-Acre Mission Viejo Brush Fire Was Sparked By Titanium Golf Club Striking Rock, Officials Say


. JEFF: JEFF VAUGHN IN TONIGHT FOR PAUL MAGERS. PAT: AND I’M PAT HARVEY. A WARNING THIS AFTERNOON FOR GOEFRLS AFTER A BRUSHFIRE RACED THROUGH A COURSE EARLIER THIS WEEK. JEFF: A GOLFER IN THE ROUGH ACCIDENTALLY STARTED THE FLAMES WITH TITANIUM CLUB. ORANGE COUNTY REPORTER MICHELE GILE EXPLAINS THE DANGER. A ROCK AGAINST METAL IS GOING TO CLOSE A SPARK. REPORTER: A FIRE RISK THAT ENGINEERING PROFESSOR AT UC IRVINE DEMONSTRATED IN 2014 WHILE SWINGING A TITANIUM GOLF CLUB AGAINST ROCKS. THIS SPARK IS MORE THAN 3,000 DEGREES. THERE HAVE BEEN TWO SUCH FIRES CAUSED THIS WAY AT THE ARROYO TRABUCO GOLF CLUB IN MISSION VIEJO. iPHONE VIDEO SHOWS THE LATEST FIRE WHICH WAS TUESDAY. IT HAPPENED WHEN A LOCAL MAN HIT A BALL IN THE ROUGH WITH HIS TITANIUM CLUB SPARKING A 98-ACRE FIRE. AN ALL-OUT AIR ASSAULT OVER TUESDAY’S FIRE STOPPED THE FLAMES A FEW FEET FROM HOME. ONLY BRUSH BURNED BUT PROFESSOR JAMES EARTHMAN WARNS IT MAY BE TIME FOR GOLF CLUB DESIGNERS TO RECONSIDER THE MATERIALS THEY USED. TITANIUM ON WELL-IRGATED COURSES DON’T POSE AS MUCH OF A RISK. WHEN COMPANIES STARTED MAKING GOLF CLUBS OUT OF TITANIUM THAT THE FIRES STARTED TO OCCUR, IN PARTICULAR, IRONS AND HYBRIDS MADE OF TITANIUM ARE PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS, THOSE ARE CLUBS PEOPLE USE IN THE ROUGH. REPORTER: A HAZARD GOLFERS MOST

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