CAL FIRE's Land Use Planning Program Assists local governments (cities and counties) throughout California as they address the unreasonable risk from wildfire by planning for new development in the State Responsibility Areas and Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones.

Mission Statement

The Wildfire Hazard Legislation Safety Element Planning and Zoning Law requires that cities and counties adopt a comprehensive general plan with various elements including a safety element for protection of the community from unreasonable risks associated with various hazards, including wildfires (CGC 65302.5)  CAL FIRE has a long history of knowing the importance of planning and its importance to wildland fire safety and risk mitigation. Land use planning incorporates safety element requirements for State Responsibility Areas (SRA) and Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones (VHFHS Zones); requires local general plan safety elements, upon the next revision of the housing element on or after January 1, 2014, to be reviewed and updated as necessary to address the risk of fire in the SRA and VHFHS Zones; requires each safety element update to take into account the most recent version of the Office of Planning and Research's "Fire Hazard Planning" document; and requires the Office of Planning and Research (OPR) to include a reference to the provisions of SB 1241 (Kehoe, 2012), as well as any other materials related to fire hazards or fire safety deemed appropriate for reference.

Statewide Program Administrator

Carmel Barnhart - Deputy Chief

Sacramento Contacts

Rudy Baltazar- Assistant Chief

Shelley Redden- Battalion Chief

Gene Potkey- Battalion Chief

Steven Barkley - Battalion Chief

Kevin Lindo - Battalion Chief

Shane Galvez - Battalion Chief

Bryan Carter - Battalion Chief

Anthony Massucco - Battalion Chief

Northern Region Contacts

Shane Vargas - Battalion Chief
(530) 410-4225

James Ausboe - Fire Captain
Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Siskiyou, Shasta, Trinity, Tehama, Glenn, Colusa, Lake, Butte, Modoc, Lassen, & Plumas

Donnie Privett - Fire Captain
Sonoma, Marin, Napa, Yolo, Solano, Sutter, Yuba, Sierra, Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Sacramento, Amador, Alpine, & San Joaquin

Malcolm Kennedy - Fire Captain
San Francisco, San Mateo, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Cruz, & Santa Clara

Southern Region Contacts

Jose Quintana - Battalion Chief
(559) 243-8992 Office
(951) 201-9918 Cell

Kyle O'Neil - Fire Captain
(559) 243-8993 Office
(559) 400-2464 Cell
Stanislaus, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Merced, Mariposa, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, Kern, Monterey, San Benito, San Joaquin

Brian Olsen- Fire Captain
(951) 320-6122 Office
(951) 235-1257 Cell
San Diego, Imperial

Joe Kennedy-Fire Captain
San Bernardino, Inyo, Mono

Kevin Merkh - Fire Captain
Los Angeles

Shawn Arnold - Fire Captain  (909)-677-3408                San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura