Learn More about the City Efforts to complete Vegetation Management Projects and Reduce Fuels in Santa Rosa. DETAILS.
June 5, 2023 is the start of wildfire season 2023 in the City of Santa Rosa. The start of the season is used to initiate compliance with the Weed Abatement Ordinance locally. The start date is determined based on local conditions in Santa Rosa. Wildfires can happen at any time, so residents should remain prepared in general, but the risk of a damaging fire is low at this time of the year locally. Residents should continue to use this page as a resource to be wildfire ready.
Find information and resources on this page to learn more about what the City of Santa Rosa is doing AND what you can do to help reduce wildfire risk in Santa Rosa. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please contact us for help.
One of the ways Santa Rosa Fire Department will seasonally reduce wildfire risk is through prescribed vegetation management burns. Prescribed burns are carefully planned and must meet strict criteria for ecological benefit, are subject to favorable weather conditions, smoke management, and fire safety guidelines. When all conditions are met, trained wildland firefighters conduct the burn while monitoring the set criteria, fire behavior, and designated fire control lines. Prescribed burns must also comply with the requirements of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. The City of Santa Rosa will utilize various communications tools and strategies to notify our community when prescribed burns are scheduled. See the FAQs Links below for more.
Are you ready for an emergency, Santa Rosa? Every household must be prepared in the event Santa Rosa experiences a wildfire or other emergency. Read preparedness tips, sign up for emergency alerts, look up your evacuation zone, download a pre-evacuation checklist, review your neighborhood travel routes, and reference a go-bag packing list using the City of Santa Rosa's online emergency preparedness information and resources.
Santa Rosa was devastated by the 2017 Northern California wildfires which, in the city alone, took 9 lives and destroyed 3,043 homes. In September 2020, the Glass Fire also impacted Santa Rosa destroying another 34 homes and damaging 23. As the community moves on in recovery from these disasters, the Santa Rosa Fire Department continues to work with residents to help prevent as well as prepare for the threat of other future wildfires. It takes each of us working together to create a more resilient community.