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Smoke clears at Cal Expo: Burns postponed along American River Parkway

Fire crews conduct controlled burns in Lower American Parkway

Sacramento Fire Department crews conduct controlled burns in the Lower American Parkway behind Cal Expo on Friday, June 1, 2018.
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Sacramento Fire Department crews conduct controlled burns in the Lower American Parkway behind Cal Expo on Friday, June 1, 2018.

After conducting an initial fire fuel reduction burn near Cal Expo on Friday, the Sacramento Fire Department has postponed the process because the vegetation was too wet.

The burns were originally scheduled to run most days until June 15, but the vegetation is still too green and needs more time to dry out before the burning can continue, officials said.

"The purpose is to remove fuel in the dense brush vegetation that has grown during the wet season," said Keith Wade, Sacramento County spokesman.

The burning began Friday in the Lower American River Parkway and ultimately will cover about 100 acres once the operation resumes, extending to the Capital City Freeway and Highway 160.

According to Wade, these fuel reduction burns help avoid large scale wildfires in the upcoming dry season. Limiting the fuel helps keep visitors and firefighters safe. The burns also help wipe out invasive species by restoring plants native to the area, Wade said.

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