: The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

CAL FIRE Serves and Safeguards the People and Protects the Property and Resources of California.

  • 80,575
    Total Emergency Responses
  • 126
    Wildfires
  • 26
    Acres Burned
  • 0
    Fatalities:
    0 Civilian / 0 Firefighter
  • 0
    Structures:
    0 Damaged / 0 Destroyed

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News and Updates

CAL FIRE is planning for its future and setting a direction for what the coming years should look like for all levels of the department. We invite you to engage in this important process and track progress over time. 
For comprehensive information regarding the Fire Hazard Severity Zones, visit the FHSZ site. This platform offers an array of valuable resources, including details about the significance of the zones, the latest zone maps, guidelines on how to bolster your property's fire safety, upcoming public meetings, and more.
During certain times of the year and in certain parts of the state, residential landscape debris burning of dead vegetation is allowed. Many counties are now offering online Burn Permits for residential burning. Visit burnpermit.fire.ca.gov to learn more. 

Spotlight on CAL FIRE S-2T Airtanker

S-2T Airtankers are vital to CAL FIRE's firefighting mission. With 23 stationed strategically across California, they can reach any part of the state in just 20 minutes. Join us in this episode of CAL FIRE All Access as pilots take you behind the scenes to see their crucial role in our mission to protect from the air.

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Join CAL FIRE

When you join CAL FIRE, you join a family of employees that function as a team. You will build trust and friendship with your co-workers, as together you respond to emergencies and challenging situations.

Are you ready?

Becoming ready for wildfire starts with maintaining defensible space around your property, hardening your home, and planning to evacuate in case of an emergency.

Monthly CAL FIRE news delivered to your inbox

Get monthly updates on all the important work going on at CAL FIRE. This month,  we take an in-depth look at CAL FIRE’s new C-130H aircraft. Click the button below and check ‘Monthly CAL FIRE Community e-News’ to get the next edition.

$500M in wildfire prevention grants

Significant State investments are powering wildfire resilience and forest health. Our grants provide training to rural fire departments, bolster the forest sector workforce, and support prevention and preparation in fire-threatened communities.

Unprecedented Threats. Extraordinary Response.

High-severity wildfire is occurring at striking rates in Sierra Nevada forests. On top of all-hazard emergency and fire response, CAL FIRE is implementing proven fire-prevention strategies, working to enforce sustainable logging practices, and reforesting woodlands after catastrophic events.

About CAL FIRE

The team at California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) are dedicated to the fire prevention, fire protection and stewardship of over 31 million acres of California’s privately-owned wildlands. In addition, the Department provides varied emergency services in 36 of the State’s 58 counties via contracts with local governments.

Preventing wildfires in the State Responsibility Area is a vital part of CAL FIRE’s mission. While these efforts have occurred since the early days of the Department, CAL FIRE has adapted to the evolving destructive wildfires and succeeded in significantly increasing its efforts in fire prevention. We work to prevent wildfire through wildland pre-fire engineering, vegetation management, fire planning, education and law enforcement.

 

More About CAL FIRE

Gavin Newsom

Office of Governor

Wade Crowfoot

California’s Natural Resources Secretary

Joe Tyler

Director / Fire Chief