Fire Risk Reduction

​Reducing Fire Risk in Sacramento County Parks

Sacramento County’s Regional Parks is continuing our goal to decrease the number and size of wildfires in our parks, and protect our high priority forests, wildlife habitats, and cultural resources.  Parks staff are using and evaluating a number of techniques to balance resource protection and fire risk, including prescribed fire, livestock grazing, and maintaining our designated firebreaks and fire roads.

Listed below is a schedule of Sacramento County Regional Parks' wildfire risk reduction activities.

Resident and Property Owner Responsibilities

Anyone who owns or lives on property adjacent to County Parks should be aware of the following rules and guidelines:

  • Do not dispose of yard waste or trash onto County property behind your fences. Residents in the unincorporated area of Sacramento County are entitled to one bulky waste collection per calendar year at no charge
  • Reduce fire fuel on your property. Visit Ready for Wildfire for tips and info.
  • Learn about the Metro Fire Department's Community Wildfire Protection Plan, which includes the Residential Wildfire Risk Assessment.
  • Fuel Break Maintenance Permits now available for those who live next to Regional Parks
    • Annual Encorachment Permits are now available to those residents who wish to maintain a fuel break behind their backyard fence on Regional Parks property. These annual permits are free of charge and will allow residents to string-trim grass and weeds for up to 50 feet beyond their private property line.
    • The permit is only for cutting non-woody vegetation, such as a grasses and weeds, and does not allow cutting or removing woody plants, such as trees, shrubs or vines. Acceptable methods include string trimming or hand-tool removal. Lawn mowers, which could spark a fire, or herbicides are not permitted.
    • To see specific permit conditions, read the pdf document.
    • You may request a permit by providing your name, address and contact information to Regional Parks at

Parks Visitor Responsibilities

Visitors to Sacramento County Regional Parks should be aware of the following regulations:

  • Smoking is only allowed in developed picnic areas, asphalt surfaces, golf courses and levee tops in the American River Parkway.
  • Open flame fires are not allowed and barbequing is only permitted in designated picnic areas.

Fire Fuel Reduction Action Plan for 2017

American River Parkway

​ActionScheduled Completion Date
Firebreaks treated with herbicide and mowed in Cal Expo and Woodlake areas​Complete. (Will be maintained with mowing as needed throughout the 2017 season)
Firebreaks disked in Rossmoor BarComplete.
Firebreaks disked in Lower SunriseComplete.
Controlled burn in portions of Woodlake Area (pending weather and air quality concerns)
​Goat/sheep grazing in portions of Cal Expo
Goat/sheep grazing in Sailor Bar bluff areas


Dry Creek Parkway

Action​Scheduled Completion Date
Training burn in field north of Q Street​Complete.
Goat/sheep grazing in woodland/orchard area north of Q Street​Complete.
Dry Creek Parkway Trail: Mow and treat with herbicide firebreaks along and around the open fields north and south of Q Street.
​Cherry Lane/Curved Bridge/Elkhorn roadway firebreak - mow and treat with herbicide​Complete
​Northern Bike Trail (south of Elkhorn Blvd.) - Mow and treat with herbicide firebreaks along SacramentoComplete


Mather Park

ActionScheduled Completion Date
​Firebreak along Mather Bike Trail mowed​Complete
​Moving of firebreaks behind homes and roadways at the Independent Housing area​Complete


Rollingwood Open Space

ActionScheduled Completion Date
Goat/sheep grazing​Complete.


Indian Stone Corral

ActionScheduled Completion Date
​Mow​ing of fence line firebreak surrounding property.


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