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Mobilizing the people of Santa Clara County to protect their homes, communities and environment from wildfires
  • Santa Clara County FireSafe Council - Fuel Reduction Programs

    Fuel Reduction Programs

    Free Chipping Program for residents of eligible communities and Special Assistance Program for qualified seniors, disabled and low income applicants. Try our new online Chipping Application and online Satisfaction Survey.

    More about Fuel Reduction Programs

  • Santa Clara County FireSafe Council - Youth Education Programs

    Youth Education Programs

    By 6th grade, nearly 65% of students have played with matches and/or lighters. Our Youth Education Programs have a positive affect on a child's knowledge of fire safety, with educated students less likely to engage in fire play causing harm to themselves or others. In addition, we help young people build respect for forest life and understand the effects of wildfire on the environment.

    More about Youth Education

  • Santa Clara County FireSafe Council - Evacuation Route Work

    Evacuation Route

    Working with homeowners, local fire agencies and partners, the FireSafe Council creates and maintains shaded fuel breaks and important evacuation routes used for wildfires and other disaster evacuation and response.

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  • Santa Clara County FireSafe Council - Defensible Space

    Importance of

    Defensible Space

    Proper clearance of 100 feet of Defensible Space dramatically increases the chance of your house surviving a wildfire and provides a safety zone for firefighters when protecting homes during a wildfire. Be proactive in making your home lean, clean and green.

    Learn about Defensible Space

  • Santa Clara County FireSafe Council - Meetings

    FireSafe Council Meetings

    The Santa Clara County FireSafe Council meets at 2:00 PM on the second Tuesday of each month. Homeowners, residents and representatives of all interested organizations are welcome!

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Next SCFSC Meeting: Tuesday, April 14, 2015.

Information and applications for our 2015 Fuel Reduction Programs.  2015 Lexington Hills Chipping Schedule.

SCFSC 2014 Annual Report.  SCFSC Newsletter revived - Learn about PulsePoint.  SCFSC History - A work in progress.

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San Jose Fire Dept.

The San José Fire Dept. mourns with and extend our condolences and support to the San José​ Police Department during this difficult time.

by San Jose Fire Dept.


Patty Ciesla, SCFSC Programs Manager

CAL FIRE: It may be January but start planning your Defensible Space now.

The Rim Fire: The 2013 Rim Fire was the largest forest fire in California history, and the largest fire in Yosemite history. Burning 400 square miles, the speed and size of the fire was unprecedented. (10 min video, 1/12/15)

CAL FIRE: Dry Conditions Lead to Increased Fire Activity. Tips for creating Defensible Space.

KQED: Paul Rogers, "I’m telling you, you really need to worry about fires this summer.” (2014)

Colorado Wildfires - Could it happen here? Denver Post, Recommended by CAL FIRE (25 min. video)

SCFSC Volunteer Opportunities


California Drought: From CAL OES.

CA State Fire Prevention Fee: Read about the fee. See if you are in the SRA.

Santa Clara County Office of Emergency Services: Emergency Preparedness, Animal Evacuation and more.

AlertSCC: Emergency warnings sent to your mobile device, email, or landline.

Thank You!

Recent grants and donors:

  • Saratoga Fire District
  • Santa Clara County Fire Department
  • New Almaden Community Club
  • Palo Alto Parks

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Santa Clara County FireSafe Council

2053 Lincoln Avenue, Suite A
San Jose, CA 95125
Telephone: (408) 975-9591
Fax: (408) 624-9316

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