About the Santa Clara County FireSafe Council

Mailing Address

Santa Clara County FireSafe Council
14380 Saratoga Ave.
Saratoga, CA 95070-5953
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(408) 975-9591

Membership Application

The Santa Clara County FireSafe Council (SCFSC) is a non-profit organization protecting many communities at risk from wildfire in Santa Clara County. Our programs and projects are funded by multiple public and private sources, and members include fire agencies, open space managers, city governments and private citizens.

We meet at member facilities around the County. See our meetings page for the location of our next meeting.

Created in 2001 through an initiative by CAL FIRE, local fire agencies came together with a small group of community members to discuss wildfire risks and protection for communities in Santa Clara County.

Today, the Santa Clara County FireSafe Council is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization funded by federal grants, local funding from the county, cities, and fire agencies, contributions from our many partners in the community, and your donations. Our programs protect thousands of residents and homes and bring together individuals, public and private agencies and companies that share a common, vested interest in preventing and reducing losses from wildfires.

Smokey Bear and Alan Bicho wave from a balcony
Smokey Bear and Alan Bicho enjoy BBQ at JOA's NFPA Wildfire Community Preparedness Day May 2017. Read this Firewise Community's 2017 Report

Our programs and projects are focused on protecting the many communities at risk for wildfire in Santa Clara County, which include the following: Stanford, Palo Alto, Los Altos Hills, Cupertino, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, Los Gatos, Lexington Hills, San Jose, Morgan Hill, San Martin, Gilroy, East Foothills, and Milpitas. Homes, schools, businesses and important infrastructure such as power transmission lines, communication facilities, creeks and reservoirs are all present in these areas.

These communities are at risk of wildfires because of the interaction of topography, aspect, drought, forests with significant tree mortality and accumulated woody debris, other flammable vegetation such as chaparral and grasslands, as well as other factors. 

In response to the threat of wildfire, we work to create a "Fire Safe" Santa Clara County -- protecting lives, homes and the environment, through the reduction of built-up hazardous fuels and the creation of informed communities with respect to defensible space, general fire safety, and fire's effect and role in our environment.

For more about SCFSC history, please visit SCFSC History, a work in progress.

Please use our online membership application to apply to become a member of SCFSC.