Environment and Natural Resources

FORESTRY AND WILDFIRES


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

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


Responsibility Areas for Wildland Fire Protection

For more information, please see our publication The 2014-15 Budget: Resources and Environmental Protection.


Spending on Wildfire Response and Prevention Activities

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

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


State Has Experienced Many Large and Damaging Fires Since 2000

State Has Experienced Many Large and Damaging Fires Since 2000

LAO Staff Contacts

Brian Brown
(916) 319-8325
Deputy Legislative Analyst
Helen Kerstein
(916) 319-8364
Principal Fiscal & Policy Analyst
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