Campus Wildfire Awareness and Preparedness

The University of California Santa Cruz is the home of not just active students, faculty, and staff, but a diverse ecosystem that comprises a multitude of species.  The terrain features of our campus include meadows, shrub lands, and regions of forest both young and old.  

The State of California has and is often subjected to intense wildfires that devastate communities.  Normally, these wildfire seasons exist between July to August, but in recent years wildfires have occured with greater frequency and intensity outside of the usual timeframe.

As wildfires become an ever more pressing threat, it is imperative that we consider their potential impact to our campus and the ecosystems surrounding it.  In addition to our campus, UCSC operates several natural reserves that are likewise threatened.  These reserves are:

Adequate preparation for these natural disasters is crucial, and it is among the chief responsibilities of the Office of Emergency Services to address the chance of it occuring on lands operated and supported by UCSC.

You can learn more about ongoing fires in California by visiting the CalFire website.

Live Map of Hot Spots and Ongoing Fires

This map is produced by the Esri Disaster Response Program and is regularly updated with new incidents and hot spots for your reference.


Learn About the High Risk Fire Zones Near You

California faces wildfires across the state that can impact communities of every size.  For planning and educational purposes, it's important to have a good understanding of the many high-risk fire zones throughout the state.  The following is a link from KQED News that provides additional information and a map that can be used to see the high-risk fire zones in your area!

You may notice that the regions immediately surrounding UC Santa Cruz's main campus are designated as Moderate or High.  This indicates that the probability for the ignition of areas around our campus is elevated.  As a result, the UCSC Office of Emergency Services works with campus partners to mitigate the danger through various fire prevention efforts.