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Elk Grove Citizen

Help Us Prevent Fires in our Parks

May 13, 2022 12:00AM ● By By Ken Casparis, Sacramento County

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Summer is just around the corner and with the increase in temperatures comes an increase in fire risk.

While the Sacramento County Department of Regional Parks is working to protect the Regional Parks system by reducing combustible fire fuels, they would like to remind residents and park visitors of the steps they can take to prevent fires in our beautiful parks and open spaces.  

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 barbecuing is only permitted in designated picnic areas.

“In 2021, we had approximately 170 fires in our Regional Park system,” said Liz Bellas, Director of Regional Parks. “Most of these preventable fires occurred along the American River Parkway. We would like to remind all of our park users that BBQs and other sources of fire are only allowed in designated picnic areas.”

In preparation for this fire season, Rangers are making it a high priority to continue their fire prevention efforts through education and enforcement. 

Recently, Rangers have seized well over 50 barbecues and other items used to contain or produce fires, and this number is expected to grow as residents flock to our parks this summer. Please help us protect our valuable and beloved resources by following the rules in our parks.  If you see smoke or a smoldering fire, call 9-1-1.  All other non-emergency issues can be reported via 3-1-1 or on the park's website,