... Only you can prevent wildfires. (didn't it use to be "forest" fires?)
Anywhoo, there was a almost fire right outside my building over the weekend. Someone threw a lit cigarette in the mulch and the mulch was smoldering. It was about a 2ft by one foot area. I was wearing flip flops, so instead of pouncing on it I took about 20 great big cup fulls of water and poured it on top.
I stunk like a camp fire afterwards.... but much better than my place on fire!!