Fire season seems to start earlier and earlier, and the Sacramento County Department of Regional Parks has already initiated its multi-pronged plan to reduce fire risk, defend wildlife habitats and protect our natural resources and the neighborhoods adjacent to the parks.
The Dry Creek Parkway and Gibson Ranch are both Sacramento County Regional Parks.
|Dry Creek Parkway Trail: Mow and treat with herbicide firebreaks along and around the open fields to north and south of Q streets.||July 4 2022|
|Cherry Lane/Curved Bridge/Elkhorn roadway firebreak – mow and treat with herbicide.||July 4 2022|
|Northern Bike Trail (south of Elkhorn Blvd) – Mow firebreak along the paved trail. Treat post and cable fencing with herbicide.||July 4 2022|
|Paige Property and adjacent orchard area – grazing.||July 4 2022|
|Q Street open space (north and south)—agricultural hay harvest in the open field. Grazing in the eastern riparian area (as funding allows)||July 4 2022|
|Hayer Park Trail Connection – mow||July 4 2022|
For its 2022 Fire Fuel Reduction Action Plan, the Department of Regional Parks has lined up sheep and goat grazing contracts, is utilizing maintenance crews to maintain fire breaks, and is issuing fuel break maintenance permits to properties bordering Park properties.
To decrease the number and size potential of wildfires in our parks system, the techniques used will be applicable for each area and will include:
- Ladder Fuel Hand-Crews – In limited, hard-to-reach areas, hand-crews will remove vegetation that allows the potential for a fire to climb up or move into urban areas.
- Grazing – There are hundreds of acres of undeveloped or protected land in our Regional Parks. Goats and sheep are ideal for vegetation management and are great at eating down weeds, bushes and grass that manned crews cannot get to. Grazing is expected to occur between April and the end of June.
- Annual Encroachment Permits – Residents who live adjacent to Regional Parks’ properties are able to apply for free annual encroachment permits to maintain a fire break behind their property line. These allow residents to string-trim grass and weeds for up to 50 feet beyond their private property line. To request a permit, provide your name, address and contact information to Regional Parks at parksinfo@SacCounty.gov.
Additionally, the Ranger Division will continue its increased education and enforcement efforts related to illegal fires and cooking along the parkway in an effort to reduce the number of new fire outbreaks.
Visitors to Sacramento County Regional Parks should be aware of the following regulations:
- Open flame fires are not allowed and barbequing is only permitted in designated picnic areas.
- Smoking is only allowed in developed picnic areas, asphalt surfaces, golf courses and levee tops along the American River Parkway.
Visit the Regional Parks website to learn more about the 2022 Fire Fuel Reduction Action Plan for Sacramento County Parks. If you see a fire burning in our Regional Parks, please call 9-1-1.