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 Property Owner Responsibilities
Anyone who owns or lives on property 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.gov.
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 2022.
General American River Parkway Dry Creek Parkway
Cal Expo and Woodlake areas – Service road shoulders treated with herbicide and mowed to maintain 30’ wide firebreaks
|Herbicide treatments complete. Mowing to be completed by July 4|
Cal Expo, Woodlake and Northgate areas – grazing (as funding allows).
Cal Expo/Bushy Lake – planting fire resistant understory and research with CSUS.
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).
Lower Sunrise - 30’ wide Firebreaks disced
River Bend Park (east fields) – Firebreaks mowed and treated with herbicide.
Rossmoor Bar - Firebreaks disked.
Sailor Bar east – maintain/mow shoulders along roadway firebreak from boat launch parking area to Curragh Downs access
Install fire road signage along all maintenance roadways in City of Sacramento Fire Department portion of the ARP, including Discovery Park, Woodlake and Cal Expo areas.
Install fire road signage along all maintenance roadways in Sacramento Metro Fire District portion of the ARP, including Sailor Bar, Sunrise Area, Sacramento Bar, Rossmoor Bar, Ancil Hoffman, River Bend, and Pond Parks.
|Ongoing (Note: Sacramento Bar and Sailor Bar are complete) |
Discovery Park area - add emergency access roadway into Bannon Island Nature Study Area.
Sailor Bar bluffs, from Illinois through Olive access – grazing
|July 4|Rollingwood Open Space