Fires

Livestock to aid fire prevention on American River Parkway

Firefighters watch a bulldozer clear brush where a fire burned approximately 2 acres on Sept. 8 in Sacramento. Sacramento Fire Department crews battled the fire about a half-mile east of Discovery Park on the north side of the American River.
Firefighters watch a bulldozer clear brush where a fire burned approximately 2 acres on Sept. 8 in Sacramento. Sacramento Fire Department crews battled the fire about a half-mile east of Discovery Park on the north side of the American River. rpench@sacbee.com

Livestock soon will be grazing in the American River Parkway as part of an effort to reduce vegetation that could fuel fires.

In response to the drought and increasing damage from fires along the parkway, Sacramento County’s Department of Regional Parks announced that grazing animals will be added to the fuel reduction program, beginning in Discovery Park.

Areas of dense brush and ladder fuels will be fenced off to allow sheep and goats to graze the area. To keep parkway visitors safe, parks officials said, the livestock will be fenced in and the area will be closed to the public with a combination of fencing and signs.

Anyone with questions regarding the program may call the Department of Regional Parks at 916-875-7275.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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