logo: Santa Clara County FireSafe Council
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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


Wildfire Evacuation Route Project - sign next to before and after images comparing ladder fuels before and after
Our Black Road evacuation route project reduced hazardous fuels near the road edge. This type of work helps keep the roadway clear and cool in the event of a wildfire.
The 2019 Chipping Program has concluded. Please check back in February for the 2020 Chipping Program Schedule.
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The Countywide Community Wildfire Protection Plan is ready for your use. Please visit our CWPP page for more information.

Our next SCFSC Meeting will be Tuesday, July 16  at the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center. Please review the March and April meeting summaries.

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Management Plan Projects

Projects Completed

  • Vegetation management on south side of Arastradero Road with CAL FIRE Crews – February 2014
  • Vegetation management on north side of work on Arastradero Road with CAL FIRE Crews and Palo Alto Public Works as traffic control – March 2014
  • Creating Defensible Space around water tank vital for neighborhood protection – March 2014
  • Chipping all brush piles produced by CAL FIRE Crews – March 2014
  • Creating Defensible Space around the Arastradero Preserve pump station with CAL FIRE Crews – March 2014
  • Chipping completed for 3 residences - July 2014
  • Foothills Park
  • Vegetation management at the Towle Campground, Orchard Glen Picnic area and Wildhorse Valley Road with CAL FIRE Crews – April 2014
  • Vegetation management in the Oak Grove group picnic area with CAL FIRE Crews – May 2014
  • Chipping of brush piles in Towle Campground, Orchard Glen and Oak Grove Picnic areas – May 2014
  • Defensible Space and chipping around the Maintenance Complex - May 2014
  • Defensible Space around Boronda Water tank - May 2014
  • Defensible Space around Station 8 - May 2014
  • Chipping along Wildhorse Valley - June 2014
  • Chipping around Station 8 - June 2014
  • Chipping around Boronda Water tank - June 2014
  • Defensible Space around Park Water tank -July 2014
  • Defensible Space around Interpretive Center - November 2014
  • Defensible Space around Entry Gate and restrooms - January 2015

Projects in Progress

(As of January 2015)

Arastradero Preserve

  • Defensible Space around Water Tank

Foothills Park

  • Vegetation management around 3 remaining picnic areas (Encinal, Pine Gulch, and Shady Grove)
  • Defensible Space around Dahl Water tank

Road Treatment

  • Vegetation management on Page Mill Road from Foothills Park to Skyline Boulevard
  • Vegetation management on Skyline Boulevard


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Online donations are back! Visit our Donate page to check it out (3/12/2019)

Congratulations Dede Smullen our new SCFSC President (2/12/2019)

We have moved our office. Same people, new mailing address: 14380 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070-5953 (1/15/2019)

SCFSC offers neighborhood Wildfire Evacuation Workshops (1/30/2018)


SCFSC History Website

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

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Santa Clara County FireSafe Council

14380 Saratoga Avenue
Saratoga, CA 95070-5953
Telephone: (408) 975-9591

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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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