Santa Clara Unit
The Santa Clara Unit (SCU) has within its borders three Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara) and the western portion of two Central Valley (Western San Joaquin and Western Stanislaus) Counties. This Unit is characterized by large urban population centers which are adjacent to the wildland areas creating some of the largest wildland urban interface areas in California. No other Northern Region Unit has a greater population within its borders. The 1991 Oakland Hill’s Tunnel Fire is the largest recorded structure destroyed (2,900 structures) in California history and is the state’s second deadliest (25 fatalities) fire. The Unit also has vast wildland areas within its borders such as the largest State Park, Henry Coe. This diversity creates some unique challenges for the Unit.
CAL FIRE Santa Clara Unit and the Forest Fire Lookout Association are currently recruiting fire lookout volunteers to staff our Copernicus Peak fire lookout.