California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Amador-El Dorado Unit
CONTACT: Teri Mizuhara, Fire Prevention Specialist II, 530.708.2724
Camino - Towards the latter part of this coming week and into the following week, CAL FIRE crews will be conducting a prescribed fire project at Sly Park Lake as long as very specific conditions are met. This annual vegetation management project is done in cooperation with the EI Dorado Irrigation District in order to keep the recreation area and local subdivisions safer in the event of a wildland fire. The plan is to burn off brush, conifer litter and bear clover in the understory. The specific areas targeted to be burned are about 40 acres near Jenkinson campground and near the boat dock between the hours of 10 am to 3 pm.
CAL FIRE Unit Chief Kelly Keenan states "an environmental analysis is made for each project, along with mitigation measures to address any foreseeable adverse impacts that may be caused by the fire. The target area for the prescribed burn project has control lines in place as well as fire crews and firefighting equipment in strategic locations in order to maintain control of the fire once it is set. My field personnel are highly trained professionals and will not burn unless these very specific parameters are met each day of the scheduled burns. All prescribed burn projects are the result of extensive pre-planning involving studies of the vegetation types, fuel loading, weather patterns, topography, values at risk, and fire history."
The prescribed burn project will begin with a small "test burn" at the beginning of each day, as a final check to ensure that conditions
are within "prescription". If conditions are favorable, then the firefighters will begin ignition around the perimeter of the project allowing a low intensity
slow burn to consume fuels within the project. For additional information on CAL FIRE's vegetation management program, visit the webpage at
Fire crews and EID staff will monitor the area following the firing operations. If you have any questions, please contact CAL FIRE Forester Patrick McDaniel at 644-2345 or EID District Forester Mike Reeves at 642-4085.