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About Fire Safe Santa Cruz County

Fire Safe Santa Cruz County (FSSCC) was formed in September 2016 as a nonprofit corporation, 501(c)(3), in the state of California through collaboration between local fire safe councils, CAL FIRE, local government, water districts, non-profit organizations, industry, and the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County (RCD). FSSCC is overseen by a Board of Directors. The RCD temporarily serves as the group’s fiscal and administrative sponsor, while we build capacity.

Our Mission

The purpose of Fire Safe Santa Cruz County (FSSCC) is to educate and mobilize the people of Santa Cruz County to protect their community, homes, and environment from wildfire. 

Context

Two-thirds of Santa Cruz County is considered Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), putting a large percentage of our population, housing, economy, wildlife, and environment at risk from catastrophic fire.

Valuable Programs We Provide:

  • Helping the public learn to live with fire in Santa Cruz County
  • Disseminating guidelines for preparing our homes to resist wildfires (home hardening)
  • Disseminating guidelines for reducing fuels around our homes and neighborhoods
  • Assistance to neighbors wanting to form Firewise Communities and work collaboratively to make their homes and neighborhoods more resilient to wildland fires
  • Educational public presentations on wildfire resilience strategies (examples include Residential Insurance Cancelations and Home Hardening Strategies)
  • In conjunction with our partners, provide response to individual homeowner requests for assistance, such as chipping programs

End Results

To embrace proactive steps we can all take to make our homes, our neighborhoods, our communities, and our County more resilient to wildfires through education, home hardening, strategic fuel reduction, and community collaboration.

Meet the Fire Safe Santa Council of Cruz County Board Members

Executive Committee:

LizAnne Jensen, Vice President
Bonny Doon & Santa Cruz County CERT & Concerned Resident

Joe Christy, Treasurer
Bonny Doon Fire Safe Council & Concerned Resident

Andrew Hubbs, Secretary
CAL FIRE

Lisa Lurie, Advisor
Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County

Board Members:

Carly Blanchard
San Lorenzo Valley Water District

Lisa Ehret
UC Santa Cruz, Office of Emergency Services

Ed Hayes
South Skyline Fire Safe Council & Concerned Resident

Paul Horvat
City of Santa Cruz Fire Department, Office of Emergency Services

Bob Loveland
County of Santa Cruz, Planning

Marco Mack
Aptos / La Selva / Central Fire Departments

Tim Reilly
California State Parks

Ian Rowbotham
Sempervirens Fund

Felix Sorrentino
Pacific Gas & Electric

Ryan Wall
City of Santa Cruz Water District

Board Support:

Ilana King
Bonny Doon Fire Safe Council & Concerned Resident

Organization Documents

pdfArticles of Incorporation

pdfFSCSCC Bylaws

pdfFederal Tax Exemption

pdfFSCSCC Strategic Plan

pdfFSCSCC Business Plan FY 19-20