Fire Risk Reduction

​Reducing Fire Risk in Sacramento County Parks

Sacramento County’s Regional Parks is continuing our goal to decrease the number and size of wildfires in our parks, and protect our high priority forests, wildlife habitats, and cultural resources.  Parks staff are using and evaluating a number of techniques to balance resource protection and fire risk, including prescribed fire, livestock grazing, and maintaining our designated firebreaks and fire roads.

Listed below is a schedule of Sacramento County Regional Parks' wildfire risk reduction activities.

Resident and Prope​​rty Owner Responsibilities

Anyone who owns or lives on prope​rty adjacent to County Parks should be aware of the following rules and guidelines:

  • Do not dispose of yard waste or trash onto County property behind your fences. Residents in the unincorporated area of Sacramento County are entitled to one bulky waste collection per calendar year at no charge
  • Reduce fire fuel on your property. Visit Ready for Wildfire for tips and info.
  • Learn about the Metro Fire Department's Community Wildfire Protection Plan, which includes the Residential Wildfire Risk Assessment.
  • Fuel Break Maintenance Permits now available for those who live next to Regional Parks
    • Annual Encroachment Permits are now available to those residents who wish to maintain a fuel break behind their backyard fence on Regional Parks property. These annual permits are free of charge and will allow residents to string-trim grass and weeds for up to 50 feet beyond their private property line.
    • The permit is only for cutting non-woody vegetation, such as a grasses and weeds, and does not allow cutting or removing woody plants, such as trees, shrubs or vines. Acceptable methods include string trimming or hand-tool removal. Lawn mowers, which could spark a fire, or herbicides are not permitted.
    • To see specific permit conditions, read the pdf document.
    • You may request a permit by providing your name, address and contact information to Regional Parks at parksinfo@SacCounty.net

Parks Visitor Responsibilities

Visitors to Sacramento County Regional Parks should be aware of the following regulations:

  • Smoking is only allowed in developed picnic areas, asphalt surfaces, golf courses and levee tops in the American River Parkway.
  • Open flame fires are not allowed and barbequing is only permitted in designated picnic areas.

Fire Fuel Reduction Action Plan

Listed below is a schedule of Fire Fuel Reduction Plans for 2020​.

General​
Action
  
Increase outreach to residents about encroachment permit opportunity for reducing flashy fuels in County open space adjacent to private property.
TBD
American River Parkway
Action
  
Cal Expo and Woodlake areas – Maintenance road firebreaks treated with herbicide and mowed.
June 19
Cal Expo, Woodlake and Northgate areas – grazing (as funding allows).
August 29
Cal Expo/Bushy Lake – planting fire resistant understory and research with CSUS.
Ongoing
Cal Expo and Woodlake areas—range management burns in partnership with Sacramento City Fire.
Not scheduled this year
Campus Commons – grazing (as funding allows).
Not scheduled  this year
Fair Oaks Bluff – grazing (as funding allows).
June 14
Lower Sunrise - Firebreaks disced.
June 12
Olive Access – grazing (as funding allows).
June 28
Riverbend Park (east fields) – Firebreaks mowed.
June 26
Rossmoor Bar - Firebreaks disked.
June 5
Rossmoor Bar – range management burn in partnership with Sacramento Metro Fire.
Not scheduled  this year
Sailor Bar bluff – maintenance road firebreak and Curragh Downs access mowed.
June 19
Sailor Bar – grazing (as funding allows).
June 28
General Wildland Urban Interface—removal of ladder fuels with hand crews.
Ongoing
​​Dry Creek Parkway
Action
  
Dry Creek Parkway Trail:  Mow and treat with herbicide firebreaks along and around the open fields to north and south of Q streets.
June 7
Cherry Lane/Curved Bridge/Elkhorn roadway firebreak – mow and treat with herbicide.
June 5
Northern Bike Trail (south of Elkhorn Blvd) - Mow and treat with herbicide firebreaks along Sacramento.
June 5
Paige Property and adjacent orchard area – grazing.
June 7
Q Street open space (north and south)—range management burn in partnership with Sacramento Metro Fire.
Not scheduled  this year
​​Indian Stone Corral
Action
  
Mowing of fence line firebreak surrounding property.
June 15
Grazing (as funding allows).
July 15
​​​Mather
Action
  
Firebreak along Mather Bike Trail mowed.
May 29
Mowing of firebreaks behind homes and roadways in the Independent Housing area.
May 29
Zinfandel and Woodring roadside mowed/sprayed.
May 29
Mather Rotary Park perimeter and roadside mowed/sprayed
May 29
Illa Collin Conservation Preserve -- grazing.
July 15
Illa Collin Conservation Preserve – range management burn in partnership with Sacramento Metro Fire.
Not scheduled  this year
​​​Rollingwood Open Space
Action
  
Rollingwood West – removal of ladder fuels with hand crews.
Ongoing
Rollingwood East/West – grazing (as funding allows).
June 30
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