What We Do

Safeguarding California through fire prevention and protection, emergency response, and stewardship of natural resource systems

Initial Attack

Our Fire Protection services operate throughout the State with responsibility for over 31 million acres of California's privately-owned wildlands. Initial attack aircraft can reach even the most remote corners of California within 20 minutes, with the goal of keeping 95% of fires contained at 10 acres or less.


California State Fire Training is one of the many OSFM (Office of the State Fire Marshal) divisions supporting CAL FIRE. OSFM establishes, develops, and delivers standardized training and education for the California fire service.

Preventing Wildfire

We’re mitigating the risk of devastating wildfire through proven fire-prevention strategies. Crews create fuel breaks and controlled burns to reduce fuel in forests, and partner with local agencies to manage vegetation.


Our work aims to protect and increase healthy forests. We conduct research, enforce regulations, and restore ecosystems.

We all have a role to play Fire Safety Outreach

How you handle campfires and fireworks can keep all of us safe. Prepare your home and family for wildfire season with home hardening and evacuation plans. Find trusted fire safety information from CAL FIRE.

Our Impact Over $1 Billion Invested in Wildfire Resilience

Significant investments are being made statewide for wildfire prevention and forest health projects. These investments aim to safeguard our iconic landscapes and better protect communities.

MORE Programs

Fuels reduction activities are a key tool for fire fighters, land managers, and property owners. These activities include the removal or reduction of overgrown vegetation through the use of prescribed fire, tree thinning, pruning, chipping, and roadway clearance. Learn more about our ongoing Fuel Reduction Projects.
Repurposing excess woody material can provide revenue to landowners and decrease fire risk. And, it is a carbon-neutral fuel source that can reduce our dependence on foreign oil. We are facilitating conversations to bring biomass energy from research stages to larger-scale utilization.
CAL FIRE operates a fleet of more than 3,000 mobile equipment vehicles, which includes: Fire engines, bulldozers, crew carrying vehicles, administrative vehicles, mobile kitchen units, mobile communications units, trailers, forklifts, construction equipment, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, and even insect control vehicles.