Controlled Burn Scheduled for Lake Sonoma’s Warm Springs Dam

USACE San Francisco District
Published May 31, 2022
Updated: May 31, 2022
Fire on hillside behind firefighter who is starting a managed fire.

2020 Prescribed Burn at Lake Sonoma

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in conjunction with Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District (NSCFPD) and Santa Rosa Junior College, are planning to conduct a controlled burn training at Lake Sonoma’s Warm Springs Dam from Wednesday, June 1 – Friday, June 3. This event serves to help train firefighters how to conduct controlled burns, and to allow for mandatory safety inspections of the earthen dam.  Periodic episodes of smoke may be visible each day during the training course. 

Dry Creek Road and Skaggs Springs Road will remain open, however there may be minor traffic delays near the Visitors Center while controlled burn operations are in progress between 8am – 3pm each day.   

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have taken measures, in coordination with the Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District, to ensure that neither the controlled burn nor the smoke produced will create an undue health or safety issue to park visitors or surrounding communities.  

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers owns and operates Lake Sonoma in Geyserville, Calif., and is one the nation’s leading federal providers of outdoor and water-based recreation.