The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) is responsible for wildland fire protection in State Responsibility Areas (SRAs), which are primarily privately owned wildlands that encompass about one-third of the state. CalFire employs around 4,000 permanent and 2,500 seasonal firefighters, operates an aviation program (aircraft, helicopters, and air tankers), and runs about 250 fire stations and air attack bases.
Majority of Forestlands in California Owned by Federal Government
For more information, please see our publication The 2020-21 Budget: Governor's Wildfire-Related Proposals
For more information, please see our publication The 2014-15 Budget: Resources and Environmental Protection.
Spending on Wildfire Response and Prevention Activities
For more information, please see our publication State Spending on Wildfire Prevention and Mitigation.
Comparing the Potential Impacts of Healthy and Unhealthy Forests
Largest and Most Destructive California Wildfires Have Occurred in Recent Decades
State Has Experienced Many Large and Damaging Fires Since 2000