Parkway Fires

This Sunday June 6 report is from KCRA 3 about a fire in the main homeless camping area, which is Discovery Park to Cal Expo, though no cause is given.



“Crews are battling a grass fire along the American River Parkway near Cal Expo.

“The fire sparked around 3 p.m. south of Cal Expo. The Sacramento Fire Department said the fire is burning at a slow rate of spread. The fire has burned about 125 acres.

“A spokesman for the fire department said crews are starting to gain control of the fire but some problem spots remain in the southwest area. Wind gusts between 14 to 16 mph and the terrain are providing challenges to fire personnel.

“Drought conditions are making it tough for firefighters to refill water, the fire department said.

“The fire department said no structures are currently threatened. The large plume of smoke is visible across town.

“The cause of the fire is unknown.”

Retrieved June 6, 2021 from Crews battle fire along American River Parkway near Cal Expo (

The Sac Area Firefighters Facebook page describes it differently:

“A fast moving fire has once again occurred. Over a hundred acres have burned. While drought and weather factors contributed to a fast spread. The reality is the number of fires continues to grow due to the amount of people living along the banks of the river.”

Retrieved June 6, 2021 from Sacramento Area Firefighters Local 522 | Facebook

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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