Santa Clara County Communities at Risk

There are 14 Communities at Risk from wildfire in Santa Clara County on the Federal and California Fire Alliance lists of Communities at Risk. These 14 communities, which range from unincorporated Census Designated Places like East Foothills and Lexington Hills to our largest city, San Jose, are:

  • Santa Clara County Communities at Risk
    SCC Communities at Risk
  • East Foothills
  • Gilroy
  • Lexington Hills
  • Los Altos Hills
  • Los Gatos
  • Milpitas
  • Monte Sereno
  • Morgan Hill
  • Palo Alto
  • San Jose
  • San Martin
  • Saratoga
  • Stanford

Click on the map for a larger illustration of the Santa Clara County Communities at Risk.  These communities are at risk from wildfires because they have expansive accumulations of natural fuels. We consider our Communities at Risk to include the surrounding unincorporated Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) areas because these are highly-populated fire prone areas where wildfires threaten both these unincorporated areas and the listed Communities at Risk.

These Communities at Risk are the Target Areas and Target Audience for our programs. A secondary audience for our education programs is all the visitors to these Communities at Risk which include or are surrounded by many parks and open space areas. Most residents of these Communities at Risk are aware of the fire risks and act accordingly but many visitors are not aware of the dangers. Over 90% of wildfires are caused by humans (the only non-human cause is lightening) so education is a very important part of our programs.

For many years, SCFSC served only parts of a few Communities at Risk (East Foothills, Gilroy, Lexington Hills, Los Gatos, Morgan Hill, parts of San Jose, and San Martin). Now our federal grants and agreements with cities and fire districts enable us to serve all our Communities at Risk.

There are also Communities at Risk in adjacent Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties and we provide programs in some of these communities. We started to do this because Santa Cruz County residents used to drag brush across Summit Road to participate in our programs. There wasn't a Fire Safe Council in that area then so we expanded our Federal Grant applications to include adjacent Santa Cruz County areas.

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Is this an official history of the Santa Clara County FireSafe Council?

No, this is how Judy and I remember it plus the contributions of many past and present SCFSC participants.

Can I contribute?

Yes, your comments are welcome and appreciated. Please use the Comment form at the bottom of each history page or use the Contact form.

Are we done yet?

No, there will be many more pages, photos and contributions.  Hopefully, the history of SCFSC will never be finished.

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