Dianna Poggetto is the executive director of the non-profit American River Parkway Foundation. She says homeless campers continue to be the biggest fire threat.
“It’s the worst it’s ever been,” she said. “There are estimates of two to three thousand out on the parkway.”
The organization has formed a new fire safe council, which allows them to apply for grants and raise money for prevention projects.
“Our goal by next year at this time is to have over $500,000,” Poggetto said.
The county is also deploying sheep to help manage vegetation and they are working with people who own land adjacent to the parkway to create fire breaks—all efforts to protect this wildland from any more devastating blazes.