Training burns planned on Sacramento County parklands

A series of training burns to reduce fuel and help firefighters prepare for fires will be conducted during the next three weeks on Sacramento County Regional Parks property.

The Sacramento County Department of Regional Parks is working with the Sacramento Fire Department and Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, as well as Cal Expo and Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to conduct the burns.

As the drought continues, the fire risk escalates, creating the potential for large, fast-moving fires in the regional parks, officials said. The training burns within the parkways provides an opportunity to coordinate response protocols between the fire departments and county rangers, and reduces the amount of fuel in the parks that, if left in place, could increase a fire’s intensity and speed, according to a parks department news release.

Training burns are scheduled to begin Tuesday near the American River Parkway in the Woodlake area and on Wednesday near Cal Expo. They will continue for approximately three weeks, ending around June 15.

The time, locations and days will vary, depending on the resources available to conduct the burns, the air temperature and wind. In most cases, the burns will take place in the cool morning hours Monday through Friday.

Parks officials said they do not anticipate any park or trail closures due to the training burns, except for those areas directly involved in the training activities.