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The mission of the MCFSC is to inform, empower and mobilize county residents to survive and thrive in a wildfire-prone environment.


Since 2004, your Fire Safe Council has been helping people reduce fire risk, minimize damage, and speed up recovery. We provide resources so that we can all survive and thrive in a fire-prone wildland environment.

REFLective Address SIGNs

 Make sure your address is easy to find and locate in an emergency. Through our Reflect to Protect program, MCFSC provides reflective address signs for your home. When seconds count, these signs help insure first responders stay oriented and find your location.


You and your neighbors are the only experts on your particular community’s strengths, priorities and vulnerabilities in the face of fire. Neighborhood Fire Safe Councils are powerful tools for collective action in wildfire planning, preparation, and education. 

Home Hardening

Homes ignite from contact with flames or embers.  Flying embers can destroy homes up to a mile ahead of a wildfire.  Homeowners should “harden” their homes long before a fire starts.



There are many capable and conscientious vegetation-management contractors in Mendocino County, and we would like to partner with you to increase fire safety in our communities. If you would like to offer a discount for services provided to our members or be listed on our resource page, please contact us at firesafe@pacific.net  Please be sure to include your business email contact if you would like to receive any future Requests for Proposals (RFP).

Please use the link below to get the RFP for our community chipper program.    Although the original deadline listed on the RFP is July 24, 2020, because the program is ongoing and we will be scheduling individual or clusters of jobs throughout the county over an extended time, you may still submit an RFP at any time to be considered for future jobs.  Here is a link to it.  Mendocino County Community Chipper Program


MCFSC in the News: Cob Talks About the FSC Navarro Project on KZYX

From KZYX:

“Aaron Martin, known as Cob, heads up a two-year project called Fire Adapted Communities in the Navarro River Watershed, sponsored by the Mendocino County Fire Safe Council using federal and state funds.”

Click to listen on kzyx.org.

About the Mendocino County Fire Safe Council

The Fire Safe Council of Mendocino County helps residents protect their families and homes from wildfire. Through our programs and services we foster fire preparedness and safety throughout the county, while encouraging community involvement. Learn what you can do before, during, and after a wildfire to stay fire safe and be fire smart.

Neighborhood Fire Safe Councils

Zoom in on map pins to view neighborhood Fire Safe Councils in Mendocino County.  Or Click Here to learn how to create a new one for your neighborhood. 

Mendocino County Fire Safe Council Events

Click Here for our Events Calendar. If you have an event you’d like to add Click Here to go to our Event Submission page.

“Defensible Space” and “Survivability”

Almost all vegetation will burn in severe conditions. But if you take wise actions about the plants around your home, you will greatly improve your property’s chances of surviving. Does this mean cutting down all the trees and bushes near your house? No. Wildfire...

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In a large wildfire, firefighters from other counties may be assigned to your area. They will not know you or where your home is. There will not be enough fire engines to defend each home. In these situations firefighters must make quick decisions based on what they...

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Post Fire Resources for Managing your Land

For information on Mendocino County's Hazardous Tree Removal Program in the Redwood Complex fire footprint, click here. Helpful Information for All Properties:   Step 1 to Fire Recovery Post Fire Restoration Dos and Donts (pdf) After the Fire – Preparing for...

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In a wildfire, everyone may not be able to evacuate the burning area. If there’s only one road in and out for your home or subdivision: • the road will probably be overloaded with traffic trying to evacuate • numerous fire engines, water tankers, and bulldozers will...

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Funding Sources

Looking for help funding fuels management or other fire preparedness projects? Finding and securing funding is a complicated and ever-changing process. Here are few suggestions: •             Organize your neighborhood as a Fire Safe Council, then put together a...

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Important Facts About How Homes Burn

Homes are much more likely to burn due to small flying embers than to contact by large flames. Pushed by wind, embers often get inside attic vents and ignite homes from the inside. Sometimes those fires aren’t visible from outside for hours after the main fire passes....

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Invasive Weeds

Invasive Weeds Invasive weeds are non-native plants. These weeds displace native vegetation that wildlife depends on. They also harbor pests, reduce crop yields, and increase soil erosion, fire danger, and flood risks. Californians spend $85 million a year on invasive...

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Large Animal Rescue

Large Animal Rescue is a method of training used by emergency responders (especially firefighters) to extricate an animal from mechanical or natural entrapment. LAR training teaches how safely work with large, possibly injured animals; and how to keep the animals...

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Developing Water Supplies for Fire Protection

In rural Mendocino County water for fire suppression is often hard to come by. Many homes have thousands of gallons of water stored in tanks that can’t be used by the fire department because they lack the necessary fittings. Property owners involved in building new...

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Native Plants and the California Native Plant Society

What do native plants have to do with fire safety? Maintaining native plant diversity can promote fire safety in and around the home. Native plants are fire resilient, and native plant landscapes consume less water, which means more is available for suppression if the...

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Is your home water supply available for firefighting?

Is your home water supply available for firefighting?

Every year homes are lost to fire because water was not available for firefighters.; firefighters couldn’t access the water because the tanks lacked the correct fittings. Our full-color pamphlet , Developing Water Supplies for Fire Protection, describes how to...

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About Us

The Mendocino County Fire Safe Council, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit partnership of persons, agencies, and organizations seeking to help people, property, and resources survive and thrive in our wildfire-prone environment.

The Fire Safe Council does not seek to prevent all fires in wildland areas.  Instead, it seeks to help persons in wildland areas to prepare for wildfires that are inevitable.

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Mendocino County Fire Safe Council
410 Jones Street, Suite C-3
Ukiah, CA 95482