The CAL FIRE Communications office mission is to provide information and education to people of all ages, in public forums, through the media and worldwide web, and the distribution and display of printed material. At every opportunity, our best and brightest will represent the Communications Division and the Department professional and responsive manner. Our commitment to this mission will mirror our commitment and dedication to the department and our constituents.
CAL FIRE receives a number of requests each week for department patches for collection and/or trade. While we are proud of our patch and appreciate the fact that the majority of people who request them are strong supporters of fire departments around the world, we are unable to honor these requests.
- CAL FIRE Prepared for Predicted Weather Conditions - Utility Companies Turn Power Off in Areas of California (PDF)
- CAL FIRE Increases Staffing in Preparation for Strong Winds (PDF)
- CAL FIRE Investigators Determine the Cause of the Cascade Fire (PDF)
- Be Aware - Potential Fires Lurk Throughout Your Home! (PDF)
- CAL FIRE Announces Availability of Funding for Grants to Reduce Fire Threat and Improve Forest Health (PDF)
- CAL FIRE Encourages Holiday Safety! (PDF)
- CAL FIRE Announces Availability for Forest Health, Urban Forestry and Fire Prevention Grants (PDF)
- Board of Forestry and Fire Protection and CAL FIRE Working to Increase Pace and Scale of Wildfire Prevention Activities (PDF)
- CAL FIRE and U.S. Forest Service Announce Record 129 million Dead Trees in California (PDF)
- CAL FIRE Encourages Fire Safety This Holiday Season (PDF)
- CAL FIRE Hiring for 2016 (PDF)
- CAL FIRE Winter Preparedness (PDF)
- One of the Scariest Days is Appearing this Weekend! Now is the time to be HALLOWEEN SAFE! (PDF)
- CAL FIRE Announces Fire Prevention Grants to Reduce Threat of Wildfire (PDF)
- Hear the Beep Where You Sleep - Fire Prevention Week (PDF)
Office hours are Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. For inquiries during these hours contact us at (916) 653-5123.
If you are a member of the media, and need information or comment, you can call (916) 651- FIRE (3473).
P.O. Box 944246
Sacramento, CA 94244-2460
Phone: 916-651-FIRE (3473)
Fire Safety Education
Outside, wildfire safety begins by making sure you, your family and your home are ready for a wildfire. Remember three simple steps: "Ready, Set, Go!". Being Ready for a wildfire starts by maintaining 100 feet of Defensible Space and hardening homes with fire resistant building materials. Be Set by creating a Wildfire Action Plan with your family. Finally, be prepared to Go and evacuate your home. Leave early, before it's too late. Learn more on "Ready, Set, Go!" at ReadyForWildfire.org.
California's Mediterranean climate lends itself naturally to wildfires, which is why residents and vacationers must take extra caution when outdoors and steps to prevent wildfires. "One Less Spark means One Less Wildfire".
Whether it's using powered equipment before 10 a.m. when the humidity is higher and temperatures cooler to reduce the chance of fire, to following proper guidelines for burning branches and leave debris on your property, to enjoying a campfire, we must all do our part to prevent wildfire. Learn more at ReadyForWildfire.org.
During the fire season when the humidity drops and the winds increase, fire danger is elevated even higher and the public is asked to be extra vigilant. Lean more on steps to take during Red Flag Warnings and Critical Fire Weather.
Homeowners Responsibility is key to fire safety whether it be Outside the Home, or Inside the Home.
Outside, wildland fire safety begins with creating and maintaining clearance around your home; cutting weeds and dry grass before 10 a.m. when the humidity is higher and temperatures cooler to reduce the chance of fire; and following proper guidelines for burning debris on your property, or when enjoying a campfire.
Inside, basic fire safety begins with checking the battery in your smoke detector; practicing fire drills with your family; ensuring that your burglar bars have quick release mechanisms; and keeping working fire extinguishers available.
After reading the information on this site, contact your nearest CAL FIRE facitlity to find out more about fire safety in your area.
Decorating homes and businesses is a long standing tradition during the holiday season. Unfortunetly it’s these decorations that increase the chance of fire. Follow a few simple Christmas tree & holiday decoration fire safety tips to ensure Happy Holidays.
- Fire and Emergency Response Overview (PDF)
- California Fire Plan (PDF)
- Firefighter Training (PDF)
- Commonly Used Fire Terminology (PDF)
- Wildland Fire Retardant FAQ's (PDF)
- CAL FIRE's Fallen Firefighters (PDF)
- CAL FIRE's Medal of Valor Honorees (PDF)
- CAL FIRE's Flood Response (PDF)
- CAL FIRE Lookouts (PDF)
Cooperative Fire Protection
- Aviation Program Overview (PDF)
- Aviation Program History (PDF)
- Aviation Recognition Guide (Reader-Friendly Version) (PDF)
- Aviation Recognition Guide (Print-Friendly Version) (PDF)
- Aviation Tri-Fold Brochure (PDF)
- S-2T Airtanker (PDF)
- S-2A Airtanker (PDF)
- UH-1H Super Huey Helicopter (PDF)
- OV-10A Airtactical Aircraft (PDF)
- 0-2A Air Attack Aircraft (PDF)
- Short Haul Rescue (PDF)
- CAL FIRE Mobile Equipment Program History (PDF)
- Model 1 Engine (PDF)
- Model 5 Engine (PDF)
- Model 5 Hydrostatic Engine (PDF)
- Model 11 Engine (PDF)
- Model 14 Engine (PDF)
- Model 15 Engine (PDF)
- Model 16 Engine (PDF)
- Model 17 Engine (PDF)
- Model 18 Engine (PDF)
- Model 19 Engine (PDF)
- Model 24 Engine (PDF)
- Model 25 Engine (PDF)
- Model 34 Engine (PDF)
- Emergency Crew Transports (ECTs) (PDF)
- Crew Carrying Vehicles (CCVs) (PDF)
- Bulldozers (PDF)
- Mobile Kitchen Units (MKUs) (PDF)
- Mobile Communication Centers (MCCs) (PDF)
Defensible Space & Wildfire Preparedness
- Ready, Set, Go! Wildfire Action Plan (PDF)
- Are you Ready? - Defensible Space and Home Hardening (PDF)
- Are you Set? - Wildfire Preparedness (PDF)
- Are you ready to Go? - Wildfire Evacuation Guide (PDF)
- Make Your Home FIRESAFE - A Quick Checklist (PDF)
- Evacuation (PDF)
- Animal Evacuation (PDF)
- Homeowners Checklist (PDF)
- Equipment Use Safety (PDF)
- Before, During and After Wildfire (PDF)
- Learning to Live With Fire (PDF)
- The Benefits of Fire (PDF)
Outdoor Fire Safety
Indoor Fire Safety
- Exit Drills In The Home (PDF)
- Cooking Fire Safety (PDF)
- Safe Home Heating
- Candle Fire Safety (PDF)
- Smoke Alarms Save Lives (PDF)
- Carbon Monoxide Alarms (PDF)
Holiday Fire Safety
- Christmas Tree and Holiday Decorations Safety Tips
- Smokey's Holiday Quiz (PDF)
- 4th of July Safety Tips (PDF)
- Halloween Safety (WORD)
- Resource Management and Forestry Overview
- Tree Planting Tips (PDF)
- Water-Wise Young Landscape Tree Care (PDF)
- Water-Wise Mature Landscape Tree Care (PDF)
- Forest Practice Program (PDF)
- Demonstration State Forests (PDF)
- Pre-Fire Management (PDF)
- Vegetation Management Program (PDF)
- Archaeology Program (PDF)
- Forestry Assistance Program (PDF)
- Urban and Community Forestry
- Urban Forestry Foresters (PDF)
- Nursery Program (PDF)
- Pest Management Program (PDF)
- Tree City USA (PDF)
Our video library features our Fire Situation Reports, Public Service Announcements and CAL FIRE TV episodes, which take an indepth look at the different facets of the department.
The CAL FIRE Communications Staff regularly produces video content that feature the many facets of our department.
For more information or if you would like to use our videos for reproduction or rebroadcasting, please contact the CAL FIRE Communications Office at 916-654-5412.
CAL FIRE's photo library includes photos from our past events and incidents. The CAL FIRE Communications Staff keeps an updated gallery of photos from incidents and events such as award ceremonies, fire safety presentations and press conferences. All images are available for educational and non-commercial use and should be cited as: "courtesy of CAL FIRE".
Listen to an archive of our past audio Public Service Announcements.
The CAL FIRE Communications Staff keeps an archive of our past audio Public Service Announcements and audio of past and current Fire Situation Reports.
For more information or if you would like to use our audio for reproduction or rebroadcasting, please contact the CAL FIRE Communications Office at 916-654-5412.
Stay Connected to CAL FIRE!
To download the app, visit the App Store or the Google Play Store – search for CAL FIRE and install.
Users can sign-up for customized alerts that will send a text or push notification to their device when CAL FIRE responds to a wildfire in their area that is 10 acres or greater.
App users, with the tap of a finger, can also check off steps and see their progress as they work to create Defensible Space and reach 100% Ready!
To subscribe text: follow CAL_FIRE to 40404. (Don't forget the underscore between CAL and FIRE. To follow a specific Operational Unit, text: follow (Twitter handle – minus the @ sign). Example: “follow CALFIRE_ButteCo”.
By signing up you will receive breaking fire news, updates on large fires, red flag warnings, and educational postings from our Twitter account.
The alerts are free from CAL FIRE, but standard text messaging rates do apply. If you choose to end your subscription just text: “leave CAL_FIRE to 40404”. You may sign up again at any time.