American River Parkway Fire Safe Council
Wildfire has been an increasing threat in the Sacramento region, particularly along the American River Parkway. In response, the American River Parkway Foundation (ARPF) founded the American River Parkway (ARP) Fire Safe Council in July 2021.
What does the ARP Fire Safe Council Do?
The mission of the ARP Fire Safe Council is to prevent and conserve the American River Parkway (ARP) and infrastructure that resides on the Parkway and surrounding homes and businesses from fire.
The ARP Fire Safe Council’s objective is to update and implement the Fire Management Plan developed by Carol Rice in 2015, including the development of an effective plan for each ARP developed recreational park.
The founding goals of the ARP Fire Safe Council are:
- Develop wildfire risk reduction plans for each park area within the Parkway
- Protect the infrastructure that exists on the Parkway
- Address the safety concerns of Parkway users
- Develop a prescribed wildland fire hazard reduction plan
- Identify other high fire risk issues
- Engage the public in support of fire management activities
ARP Fire Safe Council Members
Numerous Sacramento area agencies, including fire protection services, utilities, water, wastewater, and flood protection agencies, conservation organizations, and other infrastructure owners, operators and area nonprofits, promptly stepped forward to work with ARPF to develop a Fire Safe Council, including:
American River Flood Control District
American River Natural History Association
California American Water
California Exposition and State Fair (Cal Expo)
California State University, Sacramento (CSUS)
Carmichael Water District
County of Sacramento
Golden State Water Company
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)
Sacramento Area Sewer District (SASD)
Sacramento City Fire Department
Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District
Sacramento Metropolitan Utility District (SMUD)
Sacramento Suburban Water District
Sacramento Valley Conservancy
Sacramento Water Forum
Save the American River Association (SARA)
Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture & Education Project
Union Pacific Railroad
Western Area Power Administration (WAPA)
What is a Fire Safe Council?
A Fire Safe Council is a coalition of public and private sector organizations that share a common, vested interest in wildfire prevention and loss mitigation. Councils are dedicated to saving lives and reducing fire losses by making their communities fire safe.
The California Fire Safe Council (CFSC) was first developed in 1993 as a project of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to bring together community leaders, government agencies, and corporations to address the dangers of wildfires and how they could be prevented.
Fire Safe Councils are established to plan and manage community wildfire preparedness projects and helps them acquire grant funding to accomplish their objectives.