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Controlled burning planned to reduce hazards at Dry Creek Regional Park

Rio Linda-area residents can expect to see smoke and fire this week at Dry Creek Regional Park as the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District conducts a controlled burn to reduce hazards at the park.

The prescribed burn, requested by Sacramento County Regional Parks, is scheduled for Wednesday in two areas of the park covering a total of 60 acres. The first area is Dry Creek Parkway between Dry Creek Parkway and Q Street, and the other is Q Street and the area of approximately U and 22nd streets, according to a fire district news release. The burning is expected to begin about 11 a.m.

The controlled burning is intended to promote positive environmental changes, such as removing foreign plant seedlings, enhancing native plant growth and animal diversity, and controlling invasive weeds, such as yellow thistle and black mustard. Because of the need to kill the non-native plant species and stimulate native grass and flower species, prescribed burning for this area is the best course, officials said.

The activity also serves as a training opportunity for firefighters by providing an environment in which they can learn how to control wildland fires. An incident commander will be on scene at all times, managing the burn to minimize smoke production and the impact to sensitive areas.

For environmental protection and fire safety, 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, fire officials said.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.