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Fuels Management Practices

Fire behavior is controlled by three factors: fuels, weather and topography. Because it is impractical to control the weather and topography around us, the only practical way to modify fire is by managing its fuel source. Fire fuel refers to anything that has the ability to burn and spread fire, like trees, shrubs and dried grass.

The East Bay Regional Park Fire Department uses several different methods to reduce the amount of fuel for any fire that may occur.  These methods include goat and cattle grazing, hand-crews, and prescribed burns, weed whipping, mulch application.


For more information about different Fuels Management treatments see Fuels Management Techniques. Adobe Acrobat PDF

Fuels Management Planning

The EBRPD Fire Department follows the Wildfire Hazard Reduction and Resource Management Plan as a guiding tool for what fuel management approaches should be used throughout the East Bay Parks. The plan is consulted for strategies to implement the various types of fuels management processes. Because the execution of any project will affect the surrounding environment, the associated Environmental Impact Report (EIR) informs concerned parties about the anticipated effects of implementing the plan.

You can find both resources on the East Bay Hills Wildfire Hazard Reduction And Resource Management Plan and EIR page.

In compliance with the Plan and Environmental Impact Report, the District creates an annual work plan that contains fuels treatment projects that will be conducted throughout the year. The success of the projects depends largely on the collaborative work that is done with Park Stewardship, Park Operations, park supervisors, and other departments. Follow this link for more information about Our Partners.

2013 - 2014:  Planned Fuels Management Projects and Activities

The downloadable PDF available below, is a list of ongoing 2013 through 2014, fuels management projects that range from prescribed burns, tree thinning and goat grazing.

Download: 2013 - 2014: Complete List of Fuels Management Projects Adobe Acrobat PDF

Major Fuels Management Projects


Sibley Triangle (SR002)

Thinning 13 acres of eucalyptus arranged in dense pockets located on steep slopes with very limited access and surrounded by houses in Sibley Triangle. Designated logs will be retained onsite to provide suitable wildlife habitat, long-term soil productivity, and soil stabilization. Other material not removed from the site will be chipped and distributed back on the treated area.

Anthony Chabot Campground (AC013)

Thinning 140 acres of dense eucalyptus surrounding and including the Anthony Chabot Family Campground, located east of Oakland and north of Castro Valley in Anthony Chabot Regional Park.

Round Valley Resource and Training Prescribed Broadcast Burn

The project goals and objectives of this wildland vegetation management prescribed burn are to increase plant diversity, enhance native grass species occurrence, and substantially reduce the competitive impact of the yellow starthistle and medusahead grass in grasslands.  Appropriate notifications and safety precautions will be made prior to burning. At the end of each burn day, all fire will be completely extinguished.  Round Valley Burn Plan Adobe Acrobat PDF

Point Pinole Resource and Training Prescribed Broadcast Burn

Point Pinole Regional Shoreline is one of the few remaining sizable areas of land in the East Bay that supports a coastal prairie plant community preserved in a condition close to natural. Burning grassland at Pt. Pinole will simulate wildfire conditions in an effort to reduce competition between the introduced, non-native annual grasses and herbs and the native grasses that represent this plant community, and to stimulate the native grasses to generate new stem and leaf growth in response to fire. Repeated periodic treatments will help restore the coastal prairie plant community to its fullest botanical potential. Point Pinole Burn Plan Adobe Acrobat PDF

Redwood East Ridge Trail Fire Hazard Reduction Prescribed Broadcast Burn

The project goals and objectives of this vegetation management prescribed burn are to complete and maintain a key link in the inter-agency fuel break system designed to reduce the threat of property damage, personal injury, and other impacts to public health and safety caused by future fires in the East Bay Hills. The prescribed burn is required to reduce fire intensity along this strategic stretch of fuel break and provide safe firefighting access routes (East Ridge Trail) to better protect the urban-wildland interface. Redwood Burn Plan Adobe Acrobat PDF

goat-grazing2013 Goat Grazing Activities

Visitors to the East Bay Regional Parks may encounter cattle, sheep or goats grazing on the grasslands. The District uses grazing animals as a practical and economic resource management tool. Grazing helps reduce fire hazards by controlling the amount and distribution of grasses and other potential fuel. Around urban settings, goats are often used in conjunction with human work crews and prescribed burns to create fuel breaks –a proactive effort to manage future wildfires.

Download: 2013 Goat Grazing Schedule Adobe Acrobat PDF

Download: Goat Grazing Brochure Adobe Acrobat PDF

Request for Proposals

Request for proposals are a tool that allows the EBRPD to bring the expertise of vegetation management contractors to implementation of the District’s fuels management projects. The District states what it wants to accomplish, and prospective contractors propose how they would go about completing the job and the costs involved. Once the District has received proposals from interested contractors they, with the clearance from the EBRPD Board of Directors, select one that best meets the needs, objectives, costs, and other factors to complete the fuels management project.

Tilden Regional Park / Wildcat Canyon Regional Park

 > Request for Proposal: Tilden Park – Wildcat Canyon Road Wildland Fuels Reduction Project (21MB - Print) Adobe Acrobat PDF
 > Request for Proposal: Tilden Park – Wildcat Canyon Road Wildland Fuels Reduction Project (12MB - View) Adobe Acrobat PDF

Fuels Maintenance

Fuels-MaintenanceA major part of the fuels management process is the maintenance. Once a project has been completed, the treatment of the site must continue to ensure that the treatment is effective.  The four years following a project are crucial in reducing the amount of maintenance needed in the long run.  During that time it is crucial to remove any seedlings, re-sprouts and new growth from previously removed specimens. The goal is that after four years of maintenance the intervals between maintenance treatments will grow from two years, to five years, to 10 years.