CENTRAL FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT OF SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

...protecting the communities of Capitola, Live Oak and Soquel since 1987...


Current Road Closure Information

For current information on road conditions in the County of Santa Cruz, visit the Santa Cruz County Public Works Department traffic advisory and road closure page here.


2015/2016 Backyard Burn Season Permit Requirements

Beginning December 1st, backyard burn season will open for the burning of yard trimmings for one- and two-family dwellings ONLY.  The burn season will end on April 30, 2016.  No backyard burns are permitted withing the City of Capitola limits.

Before burning, all residents within the boundaries of Central Fire Protection District must secure a Backyard Burn Permit from the Administration Office at 930 17th Avenue in Santa Cruz during normal business hours.  There is no charge for the permit and it is valid for the entirety of burn season.  In addition, all residents must call the Monterey Unified Air Pollution Control District (1-800-225-2876) on the day they plan to burn to confirm that it is a burn day.  You then must also call Central Fire District on the day you burn to notify us that you are planning to burn.  Conducting a backyard burn without a permit may result in a citation and you may be liable for all fire suppression costs.


***NEW*** Permit/Plan Submittal Application

When submitting plans for remodels, new homes, sprinkler, alarm, etc., for review by our department we now require that you fill out a Permit Application.  This form can be located here, and must accompany your plans at the time of submittal to our office.  As a reminder, plan review is conducted on Thursday of each week (except for holidays) and we have a two-week turnaround time.  Plans must be received by 4pm on Wednesdays.

 

Wildfire Defensible Space Inspections

Beginning in early spring, our wildfire defensible space (LE-100) inspectors will begin conducting defensible space inspections on properties located within the SRA.  Residents whose properties will be receiving these inspections will receive a letter in the mail notifying them of an upcoming inspection.  A copy of that letter can be viewed here.  In order to prepare your property for your LE-100 inspection and the upcoming wildfire season, check out these vegetation management and defensible space tips.  Thank you in advance for your participation in this important fire safety program.  Please contact our Fire Prevention Department at (831) 479-6843 if you have any questions regarding our LE-100 inspection program.  

 930 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Phone: (831) 479-6842   Fax: (831) 479-6847

 

 

In the event of an emergency dial 9-1-1

Assembly Bill 29 - Fire Protection Fee

Many District residents are billed for fire protection from the State of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. This is not a fee generated through Central Fire Protection District.  To learn more about the fee and the areas covered, visit the website at: http://www.firepreventionfee.org/ 

To obtain information regarding the status of payments, you can call the State Board of Equalization at 888-310-6447 or visit their website at: http://www.boe.ca.gov/sptaxprog/fire_prev_fee.htm 

Additional information regarding this tax can be found HERE.

               CONTACT INFORMATION FOR CENTRAL FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT 

 

For contact information, including phone numbers and addresses, please click the icon to the left.

 

 

                                                                                          
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 Notable Events and Information:

 

  BE PREPARED FOR EL NIÑO  AND WINTER STORMS
Weather patterns are predicting heavy rains for 2016.  Be prepared and be safe!  You can find storm preparedness resources and current storm outlooks here.
  KIDDE ISSUES RECALL FOR SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE ALARM MODELS
Kidde has issued a product recall for certain models of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors manufactured by the company.  To read details of the recall notice, click here.  The specific models affected by the recall are identified here.
  MANAGING EUCALYPTUS FOR A FIRE SAFE COMMUNITY

Large stands of Eucalyptus trees pose a very real threat to communities due to their known fire hazard characteristics.  Managing these stands for fire safety in our community poses a wide range of practical and economic challenges.  Click on the image to the left for a detailed explanation of these challenges and recommendations on managing large stand of eucalyptus in and around communities.

DEFENSIBLE SPACE INSPECTION INFORMATION

In an effort to minimize the threat to your home caused by fires, we (in cooperation with Cal Fire and Aptos La Selva Fire), will be conducting “defensible space” inspections over the next few weeks.  
For more information, please click the photo to the left.


NEW BATTERY REQUIREMENT FOR SMOKE ALARMS BEGINS JULY  1, 2014

The new Senate Bill 745 has been signed by Governor Brown and chaptered into law.  Commencing July 1, 2014 all new smoke alarms that are solely battery powered shall contain a nonreplaceable, nonremovable 10-year battery.
Read More Here


DANGEROUS FIRE SEASON!

California is experiencing one of the worst fire seasons we've seen in a long time.  We urge you to stay aware, cautious, and safe.  To learn more about the status of current fires and incidents in California, click the icon to the left.

  WEED ABATEMENT:

Please help us prevent the loss of property and/or life. Make sure to remove weeds and brush from around your home or property. To learn more, click the icon to the left. 

2015 CENTRAL FIRE INCIDENT STATISTICS:

2013 Central Fire Incident Statistics are available for review. To see them, navigate to the "About Central Fire" page and scroll down. Or click the icon to the left.

 


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