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Controlled fires planned on Dry Creek Parkway in Rio Linda

Controlled burning intended to reduce dry vegetation and invasive plants will be conducted this week along Dry Creek Parkway in Rio Linda.

The prescribed burns will be carried out through Friday and May 31 by the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District and the Sacramento County Regional Parks Department. The fires are designed to improve fire safety and enhance the parkway environment for native plants and wildlife, as well a provide a training opportunity for firefighters, according to a Fire District news release.

Another portion of the same area, Dry Creek Parkway north of Q Street, has seen a substantial increase in bird nesting habitat after the two agencies coordinated similar prescribed burning there last year, fire officials said. Eliminating dry vegetation also is intended to reduce the chance of uncontrolled fires in the parkway.

Fire officials said the controlled burning will be conducted in keeping with requirements established by Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District and the Sacramento County agricultural commissioner.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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