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There are 24 fire stations within city limits.|Photo by SACtoday Staff
As fire season ramps up, it’s important to make sure you and your loved ones are prepared in the event a fire breaks out near your home. We’re giving you tips on how to be fire-ready in case an emergency happens.

Defend your home

Residents who live within one mile of grasslands, forests, or other natural areas are urged to create defensible spaces around their properties to reduce the risk of fire from wind-driven embers. There are two zones to consider when creating a defensible space:
  • Zone one — Extends 30 ft from all buildings. Dead and dying vegetation, including wood piles and dry leaves, should be removed completely. Trees should be trimmed 10 ft from the chimney. Fuel ladders, low-level vegetation, or materials that allow the fire to spread from the ground to the tree canopy should be removed as well.
  • Zone two — Extends 30-100 ft from all buildings. Grass should be kept at a max height of 4 inches, and fallen leaves or twigs should reach a height of no more than 3 inches. Fuel ladders should be removed as well, and trees should be trimmed to be a minimum of 10 ft apart.

An emergency kit

The first step to preparing for a fire is to put together an emergency kit. Make sure to keep this in an easily accessible space should a fire break out. Cal Fire recommends including:
  • A three-day supply of nonperishable food
  • Three gallons of water per person
  • Prescriptions or special medications
  • Copies of important documents like birth certificates, passports, etc.
  • Flashlight and first-aid kit
  • Extra clothes
  • Extra set of car keys and credit cards
  • Map marked with two evacuation routes in the event GPS fails
  • Battery-powered radio with extra batteries
Monday, Aug. 21
  • BeauSoleil | Monday, Aug. 21 | 7 p.m. | Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts, 2700 Capitol Ave., Sacramento | $35 | The legendary Cajun band brings its Grammy-winning music to the City of Trees.
Tuesday, Aug. 22
  • Woodland Farmers Market | Tuesday, Aug. 22 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Woodland Memorial Hospital, 1325 Cottonwood St., Woodland | Free | Shop from a variety of local vendors at this market.
  • “Rent” | Tuesday, Aug. 22-Sunday, Aug. 27 | Times vary | UC Davis Health Pavilion, 1419 H St., Sacramento | $65-$110 | 525,600 minutes. That’s how many minutes we’ve spent watching “Rent.”
Wednesday, Aug. 23
  • Foreigner | Wednesday, Aug. 23 | 7 p.m. | Toyota Amphitheatre, 2677 Forty Mile Rd., Wheatland | $29.50-$329.50 | It feels like the first time every time we hear one of these legendary rock tunes.
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News Notes
  • The Sacramento Kings’ 2023-2024 schedule has been released. The Beam Team will open their season with a road game against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, Oct. 25, and have their first game at home on Friday, Oct. 27, against the Golden State Warriors. (
  • Steakhouse and sushi fusion restaurant V’s Paradise is coming to Old Sacramento. The eatery plans to open in the Front Street location that formerly housed Fat City Bar & Cafe, which closed in 2019. (Sac Biz Journal)
  • A new affordable housing complex for seniors is now under construction in Oak Park. The currently-unnamed development at 39th Street and Broadway is planned to include 36 one bedroom units, along with seven studio apartments. The development is expected to open in early 2025. (Sacramento News & Review)
  • Native plant nursery Mother Natives is closing. The shop, which opened in February 2022, will have its last day on Friday, Aug. 25, 4-8 p.m. However, the owner said they plan to continue operations as a sustainable landscape design business.
  • Refinance rates are skyrocketing. But home equity rates remain relatively low — which means that now is a great time to borrow against your home. Calculate your payment.*
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