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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 lives, homes, community, and environment from wildfire. 


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:

Primary Affiliation
Term End Date
President Joe Christy
President, Fire Safe Council of Bonny Doon
June 2024
Vice President
Adam Hensleigh   June 2025
Treasurer Christopher Bradford   June 2025
Patty Ciesla Wildfire Resilience Program Manager, OR3, County of Santa Cruz
June 2024
Board Member, RCD ED Lisa Lurie Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County
June 2024


Board Members:

Name Primary Affiliation Term End Date
Carly Blanchard San Lorenzo Valley Water District
June 2024
Liz Kroft Sol Property Advisors
June 2024
Lynn Sestak Santa Cruz County Firewise Coordinator
June 2025
Cindy Weigelt State Farm Agent June 2024
Tony Akin   June 2025
Sanjay Khandelwal   June 2025
Michael Horn   June 2025


Board Support:

Lauren Moody
Communcations, Education and Outreach Coordinator

Organization Documents

pdfArticles of Incorporation

pdfFSCSCC Bylaws

pdfFederal Tax Exemption

pdfStrategic Plan Approved 1/20/2022