For Immediate Release
Prescribed burn operations planned at Shiloh Ranch Regional Park
SANTA ROSA, CA | June 19, 2023
Sonoma County Regional Parks, in collaboration with Audubon Canyon Ranch’s Fire Forward Program, is planning to conduct prescribed burns at Shiloh Ranch Regional Park on June 21, 2023. The prescribed burn will begin in the morning and continue throughout the day, with firing operations ending in the afternoon. Fire crews will manage the burning process during the day and will patrol the area throughout the evening.
The park will be closed the entire day of the burn. Signs will be posted at access points notifying the public of the park closure. For your safety and the safety of the fire crews, please do not enter and recreate within the park during the burn day.
Prescribed fire is the purposeful use of fire in an area to reduce built-up fuel loads. It is carefully planned and carried out under specific weather and fuel moisture conditions called a “prescription.”
The upcoming prescribed burn is a continuation of fuels reduction work that began after the 2017 Tubbs Fire. Thinning vegetation coupled with prescribed burning reduces surface and ladder fuels to help protect the Park’s natural resources including native trees and adjacent communities from future wildfire severity.
The controlled burn will be led by prescribed fire managers from Audubon Canyon Ranch’s Fire Forward program, as part of a prescribed fire partnership with Sonoma County Regional Parks. Support will be provided by the Audubon Canyon Ranch, Good Fire Alliance, Cal Fire and the Sonoma County Fire District.
For more information on how Regional Parks uses low-intensity prescribed fire as a landscape management tool, visit SoCoParks.org/Fire.
Park Program Supervisor
Natural Resources Division
Sonoma County Regional Parks
About Sonoma County Regional Parks
Sonoma County Regional Parks provides essential opportunities for people to connect with nature. We contribute to the vibrancy and well-being of our community by expanding access to recreation experiences, serving as responsible stewards of cultural and natural resources, and ensuring that our parks are clean, safe and welcoming. Learn more at SonomaCountyParks.org.
About Audubon Canyon Ranch and Fire Forward®
Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR), is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit environmental conservation and education organization in the San Francisco Bay Area that has partnered with communities since 1960 to study, understand, and steward natural places. ACR’s mission is to connect nature, people, and science for a more resilient world.
Fire Forward is a prescribed fire and ecosystem stewardship capacity-building program of Audubon Canyon Ranch. Since its inception in 2017, Fire Forward has trained more than 650 people and treated nearly 2,700 acres with regionally tailored fuels reduction practices that restore ecosystem health. Learn more at egret.org, @auduboncanyonranch, and @fire.forward.