Your Home Can Survive A Wildfire

Dr. Jack Cohen, Fire Science Researcher with the USDA Forest Service, explains current research about how homes ignite during wildfires, and the actions that homeowners can take to help their home survive the impacts of flames and embers.

Ready, Set, Go

Help reduce wildfire risk and better prepare your family and your home with Ready, Set, Go. (Click on the direct links below to learn more) 

Get READY [link]

Get your home READY by creating defensible space to buffer it from flammable vegetation such as grass, trees and shrubs. Defensible space helps to slow or stop the spread of wildfire and increases the chance of your home surviving a wildfire.

Get SET [link]

SET your family up to be prepared for wildfires and other disasters by creating an action plan that will help you survive and communicate if you must evacuate your home.

GO [link]

Be ready to GO. Take the evacuation steps necessary to give your household the best chance of surviving a wildfire. Stay informed and leave early to avoid being caught in fire, smoke, or road congestion.


2021 Community Wildfire Preparedness Webinars/Virtual Meetings

WUI RSG IconReady, Set, Go
Recording available below. 



WUI RecoveryIconRecovering from Wildfire
Recording available below.



WUI CDInsIconUnderstanding Homeowners Insurance
Recording available below.




WUI HIZIconReducing Wildfire Risks in the Home Ignition Zone (HIZ)
Recording available below. 



Follow Santa Clara County Fire Department on Eventbrite to stay informed about upcoming safety classes and community events:

Recorded Webinars

Ready, Set, Go Webinar – April 27, 2021

Recovering from Wildfire Virtual Meeting – May 10, 2021

Understanding Homeowners Insurance – May 12, 2021

Reducing Wildfire Risks in the Home Ignition Zone (HIZ) – August 31, 2021

Wildlire Preparedness Inspections

Wildfire Preparedness Inspections are designed to assist property owners in determining what can be done to their property to minimize fire hazards and maximize fire resistance. If you live in a hillside community within County Fire’s jurisdiction and would like a free inspection review of your property, contact the Fire Prevention Division at (408) 378-4010.


Additional helpful links

American Red Cross “Wild Fire Safety Checklist”

California Department of Forestry (CAL Fire Santa Clara County)

Committee for Firesafe Dwellings

County of Santa Clara Official Website (Handling Emergencies)

Firewise USA

Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition

Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety
             –Noncombustible Zone (0-5 ft. clearance)

International Society of Arboriculture

National Wildland/Urban Interface Fire Program

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) Wildfire Safety Program

Santa Clara County FireSafe Council

Underground Service Alert

Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute