Our dedicated emergency response forces are rising to meet the challenge of a hotter and drier California.
CAL FIRE firefighters respond to daily emergencies including wildland fires, structure fires, accidents, heart attacks, lost hikers, spills, train wrecks, floods and earthquakes. They protect over 31 million acres of California’s wildlands and provide emergency services in 36 of the state's 58 counties. CAL FIRE’s dedicated and well-trained personnel face and overcome daily challenges.
Our aviation program is the largest civil aerial firefighting fleet in the world with over 60 fixed and rotary wing aircraft. Based at 14 air tanker bases, 10 CAL FIRE helitack bases and one CAL FIRE/San Diego County Sheriff helitack base, the aircraft, skilled pilots, and aviation support staff respond to thousands of wildfires annually.
The Mobile Equipment Facility in Davis, California is responsible for the design, acquisition, maintenance, repair, replacement and disposal of all CAL FIRE vehicles and local government equipment when requested. The facility ensures the best emergency response vehicles for CAL FIRE personnel and prioritizes capability, safety and reliability for all equipment.
CAL FIRE operates three state-of-the-art training centers in California for year-round training in fire protection and prevention, emergency response, law enforcement and natural resource systems. CAL FIRE provides training for its workforce and personnel from other fire protection and law enforcement agencies in various subjects including fire control, arson investigation, leadership, aviation, and specialized courses.
Our Law Enforcement personnel enforce forest and fire laws and conduct investigations into the cause of fires, with a focus on bringing arsonists to justice. They also pursue cases for civil cost recovery from individuals who are responsible for the cause of a fire. CAL FIRE Investigators respond to fires statewide to determine their cause and assist legal teams in preventing future incidents.