FAQ’s

 

What is a split classification?
The ISO rating for the South Santa Clara County Fire District is 5/10. The ISO rating is rated by the proximity of the residence/location to the nearest fire station. This is for the South County Fire District Station’s, as well as all its surrounding departments that we have an Auto Aid Agreement with. No longer does the fire hydrant distance to the specifies location come into play.
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What does it mean when Cal Fire declares fire season open?
Cal Fire declares fire season in California when warm weather and wildland fuel conditions dictate. While fire season is usually declared around the middle of May, the exact date varies from year to year based on weather patterns and fuel conditions. Cal Fire rarely declares the entire state in fire season all at one time. Most often Cal Fire’s 21 administrative units throughout California declare fire season as their unit’s conditions dictate. It is usually units in the southern part of the state that declare fire season the earliest as that region is usually warmer and dryer than the rest of the state.

“Fire Season” is a state of heightened readiness. Emergency response dispatch levels are typically increased, facilities are staffed 24 hours a day and additional firefighters are hired. Cal Fire airtankers and air attack planes are moved from their off-season maintenance location in Sacramento to strategic positions around the state. Restrictions and suspensions of burn permits are also likely to take effect during fire season in areas where extreme fire conditions exist. 

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What does it mean when Cal Fire “declares” fire season closed?
Fire Season is declared closed on an area-by-area basis when cool weather and precipitation reduce the threat of wildfire. This usually starts to occur towards the end of October, but can be well into January in Southern California units. Staffing levels may be lowered while some remote fire stations close for the winter. Even when fire season is declared closed, Cal Fire remains a year-round, full service emergency response department responding to such incidents as structure fires, medical aids, search and rescue operations, and hazardous material spills.

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Where can I get information about becoming a Seasonal Firefighter with Cal Fire?
Contact the Cal Fire unit you are interested in applying with. 

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Can I get hiking, camping, hunting maps from Cal Fire?
Cal Fire does not carry these types of maps. Contact the appropriate agency California Department of Fish and GameCalifornia Department of Parks and RecreationUS Forest ServiceNational Park ServiceBureau of Land Management, or your local sporting/hunting goods stores.

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Where can I find out about Cal Fire equipment auctions?
When Cal Fire fire engines and other related equipment reaches replacement criteria it is removed from front line service. This equipment is a minimum of 15 years of age and is no longer considered cost effective for initial attack statewide wildland fire control.

It is in the best interest of the State of California to effect continued use of this surveyed/replaced Cal Fire equipment in fire service related operations. This may be accomplished through reutilization within State service, or by Fixed Price Sale to other tax entities.

Cal Fire’s Mobile Equipment Facility in Davis, California holds fire equipment sales when the Department has enough units to sell. The sales are strictly for government agencies.

For details, please contact Cal Fire’s Mobile Equipment office at (530) 757-2407. State Vehicle Sales The Department of General Services, Office of Fleet Administration’s Auction Services conducts all state vehicle auctions (excluding fire engines). These auctions are open to the public and are “open bid” auctions. For information refer to the Office of Fleet Administration, 530-757-1063. 

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Can I arrange for Smokey Bear to come to my child’s school?
Contact your nearest Cal Fire Unit for Smokey’s availability.

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How do I get a copy of a Cal Fire publication I am interested in?
To inquire about Cal Fire publications, contact Cal Fire @ (916) 653-5123. Where can I find out about road conditions or closures? Cal Fire is not responsible for road closures. For General Road Conditions, contact CalTrans @ (800) 427-7623 or Road Conditions.http://www.caltrans.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/

For National Forest road closures, contact the individual National Forest.

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Where can I get a Wood Cutting Permit?
Wood cutting permits are issued by the federal government for the National Forests in California. Contact the National Forest near you, or the Federal Information Phone Number (Pacific Southwest Region), (707) 562-USFS for information.

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