Upcoming Vegetation Management Burns

Metro Fire, along with coordination from several other agencies, will be conducting a multi-purpose vegetation management burns in two areas of the County on Sunday August 7th, and Monday August 8th. Through collaboration, the involved agencies will realize individual benefits specific to their missions.

The first fuels management burn on Sunday August 7th, will occur on Mather Air Field. Metro Fire and the Sacramento County Airport System are working together on a Hazard Reduction project. This project is in preparation for the upcoming California Capital Air Show in September. The goal is to reduce the potential for uncontrolled fires during the Air Show’s pyrotechnic displays.

The second prescribed burn on Monday August 8th, will occur along the Dry Creek parkway, near Rio Linda Blvd and Crystal Rd. Metro Fire, along with crews from the Sacramento Fire Department, have partnered to not only provide additional live burn training for fire personnel, but also provide environmental benefits for the local area. Some of these environmental benefits include the elimination and control of evasive plant species, and habitat enhancements for native wildlife. Another portion of the same area is already seeing a substantial increase in nesting avian habitat compared to years prior, after similar prescribed burning last year. Additionally, the management of dry fire duels in an area recognized as having a higher than normal wildland fire activity, will assist in public safety by eliminating the opportunity for future uncontrolled fires.

Metro Fire recognizes the potential for public concern over wildfires, and thus abides by all requirements established by the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) and the Sacramento Agricultural Commissioner. These regulations include the submission of plan details that must be met on the day of each burn, and must be approved by the Sacramento Agricultural Commissioner's Officer prior to the issuance of an agricultural burn permit. Metro Fire will only burn if the prescribed fire conditions are met, and approval is granted by SMAQMD and the Sacramento Agricultural Commissioner's Office each day. The Health and Safety of those who live, work, and visit the Sacramento Region are of the utmost priority to Metro Fire. In fact, the Dry Creek Burn was actually planned for early this year, but due to air quality concerns, the burn has been postponed until this week.

Metro Fire recognizes the potential for public concern over wildfires, and thus abides by all requirements established by the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) and the Sacramento Agricultural Commissioner. These regulations include the submission of plan details that must be met on the day of each burn, and must be approved by the Sacramento Agricultural Commissioner's Officer prior to the issuance of an agricultural burn permit. Metro Fire will only burn if the prescribed fire conditions are met, and approval is granted by SMAQMD and the Sacramento Agricultural Commissioner's Office each day. The Health and Safety of those who live, work, and visit the Sacramento Region are of the utmost priority to Metro Fire. In fact, the Dry Creek Burn was actually planned for early this year, but due to air quality concerns, the burn has been postponed until this week.

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