• ChipperProgram


    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 Town Center

(Meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month, beginning at 9:30am.)

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FIRE SAFE San Mateo News

10 July 2020
PG&E has provided information about their Community Wildfire Safety Program, which includes information for residents. Please follow the link here: Community Wildfire Safety Program....
10 July 2020
 Earlier this year, Stanford's Bill Lane Center for the American West had planned an in-person Workshop on Wildfire Management. It was reformated into a virtual workshop that includes a recorded keynote presentation "What Motivates Homeowners to...
02 April 2020
 At the March Fire Safe meeting, Dr. Matteo Garbelotto of UC Berkeley presented the lates information about SOD (Sudden Oak Death) and its relationship to fire ecology (please see meeting notes from March 2020 for a recap). Dr. Garbelotto also i...
02 April 2020
 Mipeninsula Regional Open Space District wiil be having a virtual public meeting about their Wildland Fire Resiliency Program. This is an opportunity to learn more and provide actions.  Information from Midpen:Now is a great time to c...