In recent weeks the City of Lodi has received numerous concerns regarding the illegal activity at Lodi Lake, specifically related to fires. The Police, Fire and Parks Departments are working together to address these issues and want to assure the community that we are dedicated to providing a safe and secure environment for all visitors.
The Lodi Police Department is working on multiple investigations regarding the recent activity. Five arrests have been made in the case of the north restroom fire, and significant work has been done to develop a suspect in the most recent nature area arson. Lodi PD is taking extra efforts to address the issues, including reallocating resources to the lake area to deter and detect suspicious activities that may pose a threat. Certain details cannot be released at this time due to the ongoing investigations.
The Fire Department has enhanced emergency response preparedness by conducting pre-fire plans of the area for fire attack operations, from the nature trail, the waterway, and neighboring residences. The department is also part of the State Office of Emergency Services Master Mutual Aid agreement, providing us additional fire suppression support from surrounding agencies if needed.
The Parks Department is working with outside contractors to begin the process of addressing the downed trees and weed/brush abatement needed in order to reduce fire risk/fuel loads in the nature area.
As a reminder to all visitors at Lodi Lake, please be vigilant and report any suspicious activities or signs of potential fire hazards to Park staff or the Police Department. We are determined to overcome these current issues and reinforce our commitment to providing a safe environment for everyone to enjoy Lodi Lake and the nature area.