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

Making Your Home Fire Safe

CNPS Fire Recovery Guide

CNPS fire recovery guide cover, showing a burnt forest with an inset image showing new growthCalifornia Native Plant Society (CNPS) has just published (in 2018) a new guide that answers the question, "What should you do with your land after a wildfire?" Created in response to the widespread Wine Country fires of 2018, sections include:

  • Care and Recovery
  • Erosion Control
  • Fire Preparedness
  • Seeding

Use this link to learn more and get your free copy of this 64-page guide, either in PDF format or order printed copies. You'll need to provide some contact info so CNPS can track how the guide is being used.

California Fire-Threat Map

Map of California showing high fire threat areas in purple

Approved in January 2018, this map delineates areas in the state where there is high risk from utility associated wildfires. It shows whether your property has fallen into this new high fire zone, according to new fire-safety regulations adopted by the CPUC in December 2017. This modification could have impacts on your insurance costs, ability to sell your house and of course on how PG&E maintains the trees around power lines.

Read more: California Fire-Threat Map

Homeowners Checklist

How to make your home fire safe. A four page checklist for homeowners and residents.

  • Kitchen
  • Living Room
  • Hallway
  • Bedroom
  • Bathoom
  • Garage
  • Design/Contstructon
  • Access
  • Roof
  • Landscape
  • Yard
  • Emergency Water Supply

Living With Fire in Santa Clara County

Living with Fire in Santa Clara County. Our 20-page guide for property owners and residents.

Living With Fire in Santa Clara County

Topics covered in this publication include:

  • Defensible Space - What it is, FAQs
  • Creating Defensible Space - A Step-by-Step Guide
  • Fire Safe Landscape Design
  • Planting Trees Near Power Lines
  • Fire Resistant Plants
  • Roofing Materials
  • When Wildfire Approaches

UC Homeowner's Wildfire Mitigation Guide

Information in the Homeowner's Wildfire Mitigation Guide was compiled by individuals at the University of California, Berkeley, and is based on the results from laboratory fire tests, observations made during post-fire assessments and input from those who are involved in firefighting. It is important to realize that no house is completely fire proof, but you can make it more fire-safe.

The goal of the information contained in this website is to provide information on how homes ignite and are destroyed during wildfires, and to provide guidance on changes you can make to your home and its surroundings to make it better able to survive a wildfire, and to also help you understand why these changes are important.

California Living - Fire Safe Videos

From Oakland to Riverside, California Fire Safe: Controlling Nature's Wrath, takes viewers to locations throughout California, demonstrating step-by-step how homeowners living in fire danger zones can protect their loved ones, homes and communities from the devastating effects of wildfire. Helpful instructions include how to create defensible space on property, identify potential hazards, and select fire retardant landscaping.

CAL FIRE Inspects for Defensible Space. CAL FIRE Inspectors and Firefighters make sure homeowners have good Defensible Space around their homes.

Wildfire is Coming... Are You Ready?

Wildfires are an undeniable part of California's wildland. For more information on how to prepare for wildfires, and for a wildfire action plan checklist, visit CAL FIRE's www.readyforwildfire.org.

"Firewise" Information

homeowner next to firewise event signConcerned about brush, grass or forest fires where you live? Learn more about Firewise principles. Find tips and tools to make your home and neighborhood safer from wildland fire. The Firewise Website has information about wildfires and how to prepare and protect your home.

Learn about the first Firewise community in Santa Clara County: read how Morgan Hill's Jackson Oaks community mobilized themselves.


Contact Us

Santa Clara County FireSafe Council

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

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