Rio Linda and Elverta residents can expect to see smoke and fire in the area of Dry Creek Regional Park this week as firefighters conduct controlled burns to reduce hazards at the park.
The controlled burning is scheduled Wednesday, air quality conditions permitting. Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District officials said the work is being done at the request of Sacramento County Regional Parks to reduce hazards on the parkway. It also will provide fire crews with wildland fire training.
The primary goal of the prescribed burn is to promote environmental change, such as removing foreign plant seedlings, enhancing native plant growth and animal diversity, and controlling invasive weeds, such as yellow thistle and black mustard, according to a fire district news release. The fire will serve both to kill non-native plant species and to stimulate the growth of native grass and flower species.
It also will provide firefighters training in how to control wildland fires. Fire officials said an incident commander will be on scene at all times, managing the burn to minimize smoke production and the effect on sensitive areas. Wednesday’s burn is expected to cover 60 acres. The burn areas are on the Dry Creek Parkway between Dry Creek Parkway and Q Street, and Q Street and approximately U and 22nd streets. The burning will begin about 10 a.m.
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For environmental protection and fire safety, authorities said, grass on the proposed fire perimeter has been mowed; techniques to minimize smoke, heat and flames have been implemented; and additional firebreaks have been created.
Metro Fire officials encourage residents throughout the region to learn what they can do to protect their homes from grass fires and wildfires. The district will hold a workshop June 13 and 14 in Rancho Cordova on how to better protect homes and neighborhoods. The first day’s session is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m., and the second day’s session, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To register for the workshop, see the district’s website, metrofirecwpp.eventbrite.com.