logo: Santa Clara County FireSafe Council
logo: Santa Clara County FireSafe Council
Mobilizing the people of Santa Clara County to protect their homes, communities and environment from wildfires

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.

    Chipping season has ended for 2016.  Please check back in January 2017 for area schedules and access to online application forms.

    More about Fuel Reduction Programs

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    Education and Outreach

    The FireSafe Council tables at many events throughout Santa Clara County. Visit Smokey and learn about Wildfire Prevention around your home.

    More about Education and Outreach

  • 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.

    More about Evacuation Route Work

  • 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

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    FireSafe Council Meetings

    The Santa Clara County FireSafe Council meets at 1:30 PM on the second Tuesday of each month. Homeowners, residents and representatives of all interested organizations are welcome!

    More about Meetings

News

Position Open for Area Manager for Fuels Reduction and Wildfire Education

The Santa Clara County FireSafe Council needs assistance with its community outreach, education, and hazardous fuel reduction programs and is looking for a qualified individual to fulfill the role of Area Manager in Palo Alto, Saratoga and the southern Silicon Valley. See the detailed description and learn how to apply for this opportunity here.

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Alan Bicho (left) and Dwight Good (right) hold Jackson Oaks' new Firewise Community sign
Please note: Chipping services have ended for all areas of Santa Clara County for 2016.  Thank you for preparing your defensible space before the start of fire season!  Please check back in January of 2017 for next year's schedule.
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Jackson Oaks becomes Santa Clara County's first Firewise Community: Since last February, the Morgan Hill community of Jackson Oaks has raised the community's level of safety from wildfire. Their efforts focused on fuel reduction, landscaping changes and simple modifications to homes. As a result, on September 9, NPFA awarded the community its Firewise designation.

The Countwide Community Wildfire Protection Plan is ready for your use. Please visit our CWPP page for more information.

Next SCFSC Meeting: Tuesday, December 13, 2016, location CAL FIRE Alma Forest Fire Station 13,  Please review the October meeting summary.

For past SCFSC news please visit our News Archive.

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Position Open for Area Manager for Fuels Reduction and Wildfire Education (10/20/2016)

SCFSC History: a work in progress, recently updated (4/13/2016)

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

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Thank You!

Recent grants and donors:

  • Redwood Estates Services Association
  • State Farm Insurance
  • Saratoga Fire District
  • Santa Clara County Fire Department
  • CAL FIRE
  • Palo Alto Parks

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Santa Clara County FireSafe Council

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

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Funding provided by grants from the Cooperative Fire Program of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Pacific Southwest Region, through the California Fire Safe Council. Our programs and other council activities are also funded by grants and donations from local agencies, companies, foundations, organizations and individual donors. Please see our Thank You! and About Us pages for a list of donors and contributors.

The SCCFSC is an equal opportunity provider. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, the SCCFSC does not discriminate and complies with the following: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C, 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.  USDA And Justice for All Poster.

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