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.


image of fire with no burning languageCALFIRE Santa Clara Unit Suspends Burning

The increasing fire danger posed by the high volume of dead grass and hotter, drier conditions in the region is prompting CAL FIRE to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa counties and the western portions of Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties. This suspension takes effect July 3, 2017 and bans all outdoor burning of landscape debris such as branches and leaves.
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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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Surge of CAL FIRE Firefighters Hired to Prevent Wildfires


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