Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to SCFSC and partner with us to keep Santa Clara County “Fire Safe!”
The Santa Clara County FireSafe Council (SCFSC) is a non-profit organization protecting many communities at risk from wildfire in Santa Clara County. Our programs and projects are funded by multiple public and private sources, and members include fire agencies, open space managers, city governments and private citizens. Our mission is to mobilize the people of Santa Clara County to protect their homes, communities and environment from wildfires.
Our programs help reduce the chances of people losing their lives, pets, precious belongings, homes and beautiful surroundings from catastrophic wildfire.
Our outreach programs include teaching residents and property owners about how to create and maintain defensible space around their homes. Through our printed material, small group discussion and property survey tools, SCFSC empowers property owners to identify wildfire risk, and gives them the tools to mitigate it where ever possible. In partnership with our local fire agencies, we provide Wildfire Evacuation Workshops for individual communities and help residents create their "Go Bag." Our youth programs teach children about fire safety, from campfires to kitchen stoves. We bring Smokey Bear to schools, libraries and summer camps to teach the children about fire safety.
Visit our Education page to learn more about our outreach programs.
Our Hazardous Fuel Reduction programs and projects focus on the communities at risk within the “Wildland Urban Interface” (WUI) zone throughout Santa Clara County. The main components of our fuel reduction programs are our chipping and evacuation route clearing projects.
We offer chipping in the spring to assist residents of the WUI in preparing their defensible space. For residents that are unable to create their own defensible space due to either physical or financial hardship, we offer a Special Needs Assistance Program. To sign up for one of these programs visit our Hazardous Fuel Reduction Programs page.
We work with local agencies to identify and create fuel breaks and evacuation routes in areas particularly vulnerable. These larger landscape-scale projects are typically long-term projects that we coordinate with multiple agencies and jurisdictions.
In 2017, we processed 261 chipping applications and chipped over 11,000 cubic yards of material. Through our chipping program we helped protect an estimated 840 homes, 2,865 people and over $829 Million in property values. In addition to our chipping programs, we completed two subsidized projects where we did the clearing as well as chipping for qualified seniors, low income and disabled residents. We also completed four fuel break and evacuation route projects in fire prone areas of Santa Clara County.
We need your support to continue bringing education, awareness, mitigation, defensible spaces, and evacuation routes to this community. Join our funders and members by donating to Santa Clara County FireSafe Council.
Our IRS FEIN is 56-2368255 and our IRS name is Santa Clara Fire Safe Council Inc.Our IRS FEIN is 56-2368255 and our IRS name is Santa Clara Fire Safe Council Inc.
All donations, large or small, are gratefully accepted and deeply appreciated.
Prefer to make a donation by mail? Please mail your check payable to: Santa Clara County FireSafe Council, 14380 Saratoga Ave., Saratoga, CA 95070-5953.
We appreciate your donation to the Santa Clara County FireSafe Council!