Parkway Fires, Part I

Five Parkway fires broke out in the largest homeless illegal camping area of the Parkway (Discovery Park to Cal Expo) yesterday, cause still undetermined, as reported by the Sacramento Bee.

An excerpt.

Temperatures climbed into the triple digits Tuesday as Sacramento firefighters battled a series of blazes along the American River Parkway and the Wragg fire flared up near Lake Berryessa, prompting evacuations.

Five fires – three of significance and two spot fires – were reported along the American River bike trail between 9:30 a.m. and about 3 p.m., said Roberto Padilla, spokesman for the Sacramento Fire Department. Tuesday afternoon, crews were battling two fires on the parkway, one near Canterbury Road and another about 2 miles away near Cadillac Drive.

Firefighters in both locations had to contend with thick vegetation, steep embankments and power lines that made the fire difficult to access. One firefighter was taken to a hospital suffering from exhaustion, Padilla said.

He said fire crews also found what appeared to be the body of a dog that had died in one of the two blazes. The animal was tied to a tree in a homeless camp along the parkway, Padilla said.

The cause of the fires had not been determined.

Retrieved July 29, 2015 from

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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