• ChipperProgarm


    The Chipper Program is a collaborative effort between Woodside Fire Protection District, CAL FIRE, FSSMC and South Skyline Fire Safe Council. The program provides no-cost chipping to select neighborhoods to assist homeowners in maintaining defensible space.

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  • Living With Fire

    Living With Fire

    FIRE SAFE San Mateo County publishes the excellent "Living With Fire in San Mateo County" as a valuable resource for homeowners. Updated in 2016, this magazine style resource is available in PDF and print formats.

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  • FIRE SAFESan Mateo

    San Mateo

    The Mission of FIRE SAFE San Mateo County is to maintain the quality of life and protect property and the environment for citizens living in the wildland urban interface zones of San Mateo County through public and private partnerships for education and fuel reduction. Read More
  • DefensibleSpace


    Defensible Space is the key to protecting homes from wildfires. Homes with Defensible Space are proven more likely to survive a small fire, and are the first homes firefighters will protect during major fires. Without Defensible Space, you are "on your own!"

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About Us

In 1987, San Mateo County Fire Chiefs formed a committee to address the potential for serious loss of life and property in Wildland/Urban Interface (WUI) areas that are threatened by wildfire. FIRE SAFE San Mateo County has the distinction of being the first of more than 90 Fire Safe Councils that exist today, more than three years before the California Fire Safe Council began.

FIRE SAFE San Mateo has developed to include a diverse membership of public and private agencies and groups. Our goals are to reduce hazardous vegetation, create defensible space around structures, and educate the public about wildfire fire hazards, fire behavior, and fuel reduction through the guidance of local agencies and public/private partnerships.

Our Mission

The Mission of Fire Safe San Mateo is to maintain the quality of life while protecting property and the environment for citizens living in the wildland/urban-interface zones of San Mateo County through public and private partnerships for education and fuel reduction.

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Regular meetings are held at Woodside Fire Protection District Station #19

4091 Jefferson Ave
Redwood City, CA 94062
(Park behind fire station.  Entry at rear lower level of building.)

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FIRE SAFE San Mateo News

02 October 2019
Created to address fire risk on private property, Firewise USA is a national program that empowers homeowners to engage in fire prevention at a community level. This recognition program through National Fire Protection Association provides homeowners...
23 July 2019
Dr. Craig Clements from the Fire Weather Research Laboratory at San Jose State University gave a presentation on fire weather and fire science at the July 10th meeting. The Fire Weather Research Laboratory is the only academic fire weather program in...
12 June 2019
We were delighted to have our guests from Sonoma County come down for our Fire Safe San Mateo County workshop Wednesday, June 12th, 2019. In anticipation for a collaborative, multi-agency County-wide vegetation mapping project "San Mateo County Veget...
25 April 2019
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (PDT)Woodside Town Hall | 2955 Woodside Road | Woodside, CA 94062 RSVP on Eventbrite RSVP on EventbriteThe San Mateo Fire Safe Council invites you to join us June 12th, 2019 from 9:00 am to 1:00 p...