Fire Danger Looms over Memorial Day Weekend

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Park rangers who will patrol the popular American River Parkway during the busy Memorial Day Weekend say visitors should be aware of the danger of fire.

“Even though there has been cool there hasn’t been a lot of rain so it’s still dry out there," said Michael Doane, Chief Ranger for the Sacramento Regional Parks system.

He wants to remind park goers that open flames are only allowed in designated areas where there are grills in place. And he says fires must be doused with water and the coals and embers are cold.

In addition, Doane says despite the low water, those do enter the American River should be aware of rocks that are now emerging from shallow areas. All children 13 years old and older are required to wear personal flotation devices. Free loaner life vests are available at seven parks along the river.

And there is the yearly warning that drinking alcohol or possessing alcohol along the river or on the water during the holiday period is prohibited. Rangers and other law enforcement officers will be out on the river to arrest and enforce the rules.

"It's better to bring beverages to enjoy, but save the alcohol to drink at home," said Doane.

It's advice that's often ignored during the long holiday weekend on the Parkway.

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