Office of the State Fire Marshal
The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is the CAL FIRE program that protects life and property through the development and application of fire prevention, engineering, training and education, and enforcement. As part of this mission, OSFM establishes a fire-safe environment for the people of California, which serves as a foundation for local agencies to build on as they strive to meet their specific goals. The Office of State Marshal web site serves as a valuable resource and a one-stop shop for all things related to these goals. Please make sure to check back on this website regularly as content is updated periodically.
CAL FIRE Office of the State Fire Marshal Headquarters Relocation
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Office of the State Fire Marshal will be relocating its headquarters to the new California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) building in downtown Sacramento.
Defensible Space Inspection Requests As They Relate to Real Estate Transactions
As of July 1, 2021, a seller of real property located in a High or Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone (FHSZ) within the State Responsibility Area (SRA) or Local Responsibility Area (LRA), is required to provide the buyer with documentation stating the property is in compliance with defensible space regulations.
Request a Defensible Space Inspection & Take the Self-Assessment Survey
On and after July 1, 2021, when you sell property that is located in a high or very high fire hazard severity zone, you’ll need documentation of a compliant Defensible Space Inspection. Please also take our Defensible Space Self-Assessment to learn more about how defensible space and home hardening can help save your home from the effects of wildfires.
A Letter from the State Fire Marshal
Dear Stakeholder, Industry Associations, Local Government Partners and Cooperating Agencies:
As the COVID-19 emergency continues to evolve, fire departments and fire protection contractors must ensure fire prevention and life safety systems and equipment are in working order. These systems and products are essential functions in safeguarding the public, businesses and institutions.
GovMotus Fire is Now Available!
The Office of the State Fire Marshal implemented a new electronic permitting and license application system called GovMotus Fire which will enable clients and stakeholders to more effectively and efficiently participate in the permitting and application processes.
Updated Seized Fireworks Reporting and Disposal Process
Learn the procedures for reporting the seizure of dangerous and illegal fireworks.
Universal Security Instruments Recalls Smoke Alarm
Universal Security Instruments in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a recall of smoke alarm model numbers MI3050S and MI3050SB. Consumers owning these two devices should immediately inspect their alarms to determine if they will activate appropriately.
AES Certification-Fire Sprinkler Fitter
A basic guidance and information to contractors concerning the renewal process for the Fire Sprinkler Fitter Certifications for the July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019 period.
KIDDE Recalls Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms
On March 21, 2018 smoke alarm manufacturer KIDDE issued a recall for combination photoelectric and ionization smoke alarms model PI2010 and PI9010. Review the
KIDDE Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles
On November 2, 2017, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Kidde issued a safety recall regarding Kidde’s Plastic Handle Portable Fire Extinguishers. The recall involves 134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers manufactured between January 1, 1973, and August 15, 2017.
Guidelines For Log Storage Areas Due to Tree Mortality
The tree mortality epidemic in California has significantly increased the risk of wildfires and life safety risk from falling trees. Governor Brown has issued a Proclamation of a State of Emergency to advance the removal of the dead trees and mitigate the hazard. The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is issuing this Information Bulletin to aid fire officials.