Trails and Fire Protection

Fire along Empire Ranch in Folsom, CA

Fire along Empire Ranch in Folsom, CA on June 19, 2013.

Trails provide fire protection as a community benefit. It’s fire season again. It happens every year like winter-spring-summer-fall. El Dorado Hills is graced with a beautiful grassy oak studded landscape, but with that asset comes a liability – fire danger.

Recently this season, in June and July, we’ve had 2 large fires nearby. KCRA reported on the Hwy 50 fire. The Folsom Telegraph reported on the Empire Ranch fire.

When fighting a fire, one of the important actions fire crews take is cutting “fire breaks” to contain the spreading fire. Trails can, and often do, provide fire protection by acting like a pre-positioned fire break.

Check out the below photo of a trail in the Rancho Murieta Trail System several miles south of El Dorado Hills. In the photo, you see the burned fire area to the right side of the trail (middle). This fire in July of this year was contained quickly and kept small in part because there was a well used and maintained trail.

Trail acts like fire break - community benefit

Trail acts like fire break – community benefit

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