: The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

CAL FIRE Serves and Safeguards the People and Protects the Property and Resources of California.

Rainfall Nearing Record Highs

Winter storms and atmospheric rivers have battered California, bringing near-record precipitation State-wide. Flooding, downed trees and freezing temperatures are serious hazards, and CAL FIRE is on the scene assisting with storm response.

Learn More About our Storm Response

On the Front Lines

Our Incidents page offers trusted information from the front lines of ongoing emergency incidents and active wildfires throughout California, keeping you informed with the latest updates as they occur.

Incident Map and Information


When you join CAL FIRE, you join a family of employees that function as a team. You will build trust and friendship with your co-workers, as together you respond to emergencies and challenging situations.

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News and Updates

For comprehensive information regarding the Fire Hazard Severity Zones, visit the FHSZ site. This platform offers an array of valuable resources, including details about the significance of the zones, the latest zone maps, guidelines on how to bolster your property's fire safety, upcoming public meetings, and more.
During certain times of the year and in certain parts of the state, residential landscape debris burning of dead vegetation is allowed. Many counties are now offering online Burn Permits for residential burning. Visit burnpermit.fire.ca.gov to learn more. 
CAL FIRE announces the addition of Sawmill Demonstration State Forest in San Bernardino County. The new forest brings opportunities to study diverse species for building resilience against pests, drought, and wildfire. 


Camp Cinder

Camp Cinder is CAL FIRE's free Firefighter camp for young women ages 16 - 18. This five-day experience will be held in June of 2023 at two locations: Shasta and San Luis Obispo.

Learn More about Camp Cinder

Are you ready?

Becoming ready for wildfire starts with maintaining defensible space around your property, hardening your home, and planning to evacuate in case of an emergency.

Unprecedented Threats. Extraordinary Response.

High-severity wildfire is occurring at striking rates in Sierra Nevada forests. On top of all-hazard emergency and fire response, CAL FIRE is implementing proven fire-prevention strategies, working to enforce sustainable logging practices, and reforesting woodlands after catastrophic events.

$500M in wildfire prevention grants

Significant State investments are powering wildfire resilience and forest health. Our grants provide training to rural fire departments, bolster the forest sector workforce, and support prevention and preparation in fire-threatened communities.


The team at California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) are dedicated to the fire prevention, fire protection and stewardship of over 31 million acres of California’s privately-owned wildlands. In addition, the Department provides varied emergency services in 36 of the State’s 58 counties via contracts with local governments.

Preventing wildfires in the State Responsibility Area is a vital part of CAL FIRE’s mission. While these efforts have occurred since the early days of the Department, CAL FIRE has adapted to the evolving destructive wildfires and succeeded in significantly increasing its efforts in fire prevention. We work to prevent wildfire through wildland pre-fire engineering, vegetation management, fire planning, education and law enforcement.


More About CAL FIRE

Gavin Newsom

Office of Governor

Wade Crowfoot

California’s Natural Resources Secretary

Joe Tyler

Director / Fire Chief