CAL FIRE firefighters respond to daily emergencies including wildland fires, structure fires, accidents, heart attacks, lost hikers, spills, train wrecks, floods and earthquakes. They protect over 31 million acres of California’s wildlands and provide emergency services in 36 of the state's 58 counties. CAL FIRE’s dedicated and well-trained personnel face and overcome daily challenges.


CAL FIRE’s world-renowned aviation program responds to thousands of wildlands fires throughout California each year. CAL FIRE’s current aviation fleet includes Grumman S-2T airtankerBell UH-1H Super Huey HelicoptersSikorsky S70i Helicopters, and North American OV-10A (& 1 D Model) Bronco Air Tactical Aircraft. These aircraft, highly skilled pilots, and aviation support staff are strategically located throughout California at our 14 air tanker bases, 10 CAL FIRE helitack bases and one CAL FIRE/San Diego County Sheriff helitack base. Aircraft can reach the most remote State Responsibility Area (SRA) fires in approximately 20 minutes, with the goal of keeping 95% of fires at 10 acres or less. CAL FIRE’s fleet of more than 60 fixed and rotary wing aircraft make it the largest civil aerial firefighting fleet in the world.