The California Fire Safe Council (CFSC), a California non-profit corporation, was first formed as a project of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) in 1993. Under the leadership of the California fire safe council, an influential networking group of federal, state, and local fire agencies, it was decided that CFSC should facilitate a more efficient way to get federal fire prevention and mitigation funding to local communities.
In 2019, members of the Kern River Valley, Tehachapi, and Mt Pinos Communities Fire Safe Councils, together with local fire protection and USFS agencies collaborated to form the Kern Fire Safe Council, to create a wildland fire-safe environment in our mountain communities.
Kern Fire Safe Council’s mission is to safeguard the people of Kern County’s mountain communities and their property from the effects of catastrophic wildfires through:
- Coordinate a county-wide fire plan, with the cooperation of federal, state, and local agencies
- Educate the public about fire threat and fire prevention measures
- Promote "Fire Safe" communities
The Concept of Fire Safe Council
Fire Safe Councils bring together community leaders, governmental agencies, and corporations to provide education to the residents of California on the dangers of wildfires and how they could be prevented.
The Council has developed materials on hazardous fuel reduction and defensible space while working with our local, agency, and corporate partners to build a thriving statewide network of interested individuals and organizations.
Kern Fire Safe Council is working toward building great relationships with our local and primary federal agencies.