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

  • Booth in park reads 'Wildfire Prevention' father and son in scout uniforms in front of booth

    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

  • Serpa/fireman and Neumann/ranger talking together at a table

    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


If you are looking for information on the Loma Fire please visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SCCFireSafeCouncil/  We are trying to get accurate and rapid information releases posted there. Thank you!

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.

CALFIRE Plane retardant drop Redwood Estates 06 27 17A car fire on Highway 17 started a wildland fire that began racing up the forested slopes towards Redwood Estates on June 27 2016, threatening 20 homes. Firefighters quickly brought the fire under control and contained to 3 acres just below the structures. The highway was shut down for many hours however due to the risk of dead tree snags weakened by the fire falling into the traffic lanes. Large trucks diverted from the highway soon got stuck on the narrow mountain roads, bringing traffic leaving the fire area to a halt. The FireSafe Council will be working with our fire and law enforcement agencies in the coming weeks to discuss evacuation planning for this vulnerable area.

Our Firesafe Council has been awarded a $99,000 SRA FPF grant for the Highway 17 Corridor Hazardous Fuel Reduction Project Near Redwood Estates. See our press release to learn more about how the community has been pressuring Caltrans to address the fire hazards along the highway for many years. Press Release

We have also uploaded our March 2016 presentation to the Safe on 17 Committee, which includes an in-depth discussion of the reasons for the project, what the plans are, provides maps of the project area and much much more. Safe on 17 presentation

evacuation on Skyline 35 between Gist and Bear Creek Road 6 29 16smCAL FIRE has released the 2016 SRA Fire Prevention Fee Program Report. Santa Clara County has received 2 grants from this program. Last year our Countywide CWPP was funded (see below), and this year our Highway 17 Corridor Hazardous Fuel Reduction Project was funded (see above).

The Draft Countwide Community Wildfire Protection Plan is ready for your review. Please visit our CWPP page and download the document and maps, and send in your comments to help us prepare the final plan.

Learn about the first Firewise community in Santa Clara County: read the Jackson Oaks story in our latest newsletter article.

CAL FIRE's Santa Clara Unit continues to support Santa Clara County FireSafe Council for our work to promote defensible space and to conduct fuel reduction projects.  Read the letter ...

Next SCFSC Meeting: Tuesday, October 11, 2016, location San Jose Fire Department Training Center, classroom #2. Please review the September meeting summary.

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Co 36 / County Fire

Thanks again for all of your support. We are YOUR neighbors and stand with you, our beloved community.

by Co 36 / County Fire

Co 36 / County Fire

While some of our volunteer firefighters are at the fire, some are also manning equipment to cover any other emergencies that may arise.

by Co 36 / County Fire

Co 36 / County Fire

Please give them plenty of space to work and drive a little more slowly during these emergency conditions on the hill.

by Co 36 / County Fire

Co 36 / County Fire

To our local residents. Please stay safe tonight. Be very aware that there are a lot of personnel and equipment from outside of our area.

by Co 36 / County Fire

Co 36 / County Fire

Three evacuation centers: 3) Morgan Hill Presbyterian Church, 16970 De Witt Avenue, Morgan Hill

by Co 36 / County Fire

Co 36 / County Fire

Three evacuations centers: 2) Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos

by Co 36 / County Fire

Co 36 / County Fire

Three evacuation Centers: 1) Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville (large animals welcome)

by Co 36 / County Fire

Co 36 / County Fire

The latest CAL FIRE report from their website this evening: Loma Fire at 2,250 acres and 10% contained. 874 fire personnel w/ more coming.

by Co 36 / County Fire

Co 36 / County Fire

Please be safe on the roads this morning as you start your day. Lots of fire resources on the roads. Thank you!

by Co 36 / County Fire


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Draft Wildfire Protection Plan Workshops: May 2, 3, 4, 9 - 7pm
: Give our planning team your feedback. (5/2/2016)

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

Jeff Frost film teaser "Wildfire Chasers": footage from the Valley Fire and other 2015 California wildfires (2/22/2016)

Patty Ciesla, SCFSC Programs Manager (2/18/2015)

SCFSC 2014 Annual Report 


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:

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

View all Major Grants and Donors


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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.

The views and conclusions on this Web site are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the opinions or policies of the California Fire Safe Council, Santa Clara County FireSafe Council, U.S Forest Service or the U.S. Government. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute an endorsement by the California Fire Safe Council, the Santa Clara County FireSafe Council or the U.S. Government.