The Pre-Fire Planning Section is responsible for producing the Santa Barbara County Fire Department Unit Strategic Fire Plan. The 2023 Santa Barbara County Unit Strategic Fire Plan is developed with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department’s Mission Statement in mind and intended to serve as a collaborative local planning document. The Santa Barbara County Unit Strategic Fire Plan tiers under the 2018 California Strategic Fire Plan and the 2022 CAL FIRE Strategic Plan to identify goals and objectives to minimize wildland fire risk to county watersheds, communities, firefighters, the public and various other local assets. In combination, the three plans recognize wildland fires occur and works to answer the question of “how do we utilize and live with that risk of wildfire?”
The Pre-Fire Planning Section works collaboratively with the Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council to promote fire prevention efforts throughout Santa Barbara County.