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.


Christmas TreeChristmas Tree and Holiday Decorations Fire Safety

The holiday season festivities bring an increased excitement about adorning homes with traditional decorations, but as beautiful as they are, holiday decorations are an added home fire hazard. CAL FIRE and firefighters across California are asking the public to give their families and themselves the most important holiday gift: a fire safe holiday. More...     Holiday Fire Safety Video



No burning signCAL FIRE Santa Clara Unit Lifts Ban on Outdoor Burning

Effective, Monday December 3, 2018 this suspension is lifted within the State Responsibility Areas located within the CAL FIRE Santa Clara Unit. These areas includes all of Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa counties and the western portions of Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties. More info...




image of fire lookoutCopernicus Peak Fire Lookout Volunteer Recruitment

CAL FIRE Santa Clara Unit and the Forest Fire Lookout Association are currently recruiting fire lookout volunteers to staff our Copernicus Peak fire lookout.
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