About 60 yards of the nature area at Lodi Lake was affected by a fire that occurred there Thursday, according to city fire officials.
The Lodi Fire Department said that a fire occurred around 6 a.m. Thursday along the western trail near the point just before the sandbar, resulting in approximately 12,000 square yards of land being damaged.
The nature area was closed down for the day for crews to remove a fallen tree and to clean up.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
“We want to assure everyone that this area has been a top priority for our city. City Council had recently approved funds for vegetation management and reducing fire fuel,” fire officials said in a social media post.
The department said crews with the tree service West Coast Arborists have been making progress in the area for the last three weeks.
Victoria Franco is a reporter based in Stockton covering San Joaquin County for Bay City News Foundation and its nonprofit news site Local News Matters. She is a Report for America corps member.