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Backyard Burn Season Begins December 1st

The annual backyard burn season for burning natural vegetation runs from December 1st 2017 through April 30th, 2018. Residents of one or two family dwellings (who meet the requirements specified) may obtain permits for backyard burning at our main Administrative Office at 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos. Burning will be allowed on permissive "burn days" or "marginal burn days" only, as reported by the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District. For status on burn days, you can call the MBUAPCD at 1-800-CAL-BURN (225-2876), or visit their website at: www.mbuapcd.org.

The burn status number will list separate zones for burn days – all permits issued for the Aptos/La Selva Fire District are listed in the “COASTAL” burn zone. Also, there is a minimum size requirement of at least ½ acre on residential properties to be considered for backyard burn permits, and the clearance requirements around burn piles has increased from 50’ to 100’, to be in compliance with current Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District standards.

Backyard burning that is done without permits or on no-burn days will be subject to fines, where applicable. For more information on burn requirements, contact the Administrative Office at 831-685-6690.

Holiday Hours

The A/LSFD Admin. Office will be closed on the following dates for the holidays:

• Friday, December 22
• Monday, December 25
• Friday, December 29
• Monday, January 1

We wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!

Tree Recycling Info

Our Station 1 location (at 6934 Soquel Drive) will have a bin for recycling Christmas Trees starting December 26th (through mid-January). Please make sure trees are free of lights, tinsel, and other non-biodegradable materials before placing in the bins. The trees will be mulched and used for construction/landscaping projects throughout the county.


Fire Chief Recruitment Underway

The District is currently recruiting for the position of Fire Chief.  Click the graphic below to see our full recruitment package, including District overview, job description/qualifications, salary/benefits information and a tentative recruitment schedule.  The deadline to apply is no later than 5 PM on Monday, December 11, 2017. 

Annual Food & Toy Drives Underway

Beginning the first week of November, all of our 3 station locations will be accepting donations of non-perishable food and new, unwrapped toys for Second Harvest Food Bank and Toys for Tots.  When donating food, please make sure your food is non-perishable, and packaging is unbroken.  When donating toys, please bring only new toys, no wrapping, no toys of aggression (play guns, knives, etc.) and no stuffed animals without factory-sealed plastic. Donations of cash/checks for either charity can be mailed directly to the addresses below:

Toys for Tots - Santa Cruz County

Second Harvest Food Bank

1961 Main Street #113

Watsonville, CA  95076


For questions, email Delilah at: t4t.scrzco@gmail.com

or visit online at: www.santacruzcounty.toysfortots.org.

800 Ohlone Parkway

Watsonville, CA  95076


Donations can also be made by phone at: 722-7110 ext 210  *OR* online at


District Master Plan - Public Feedback Request

On October 25, 2017, the District held a Special Meeting/Study Session to review and discuss the final draft of the Master Plan, as presented by Citygate, LLC.  A copy of the draft Master Plan is available below, as well as a copy of the Powerpoint Presentation reviewed at this meeting.

The District invites all members of the public to review and submit feedback regarding the Master Plan.  To submit feedback, press the button below to email the A/LSFPD Board Secretary (Director of Business Services Tracy New).  All community feedback will be presented to the Board of Directors for consideration.

Living With Fire - PDF Minimize

Click the picture below to download "Living With Fire In Santa Cruz County", a comprehensive guide to protecting your home and property from the threat of a major wildland fire.  For more useful information on wildfire prevention and safety, you can visit www.preventwildfireca.org.  

Customer Satisfaction Survey Minimize

IN AN EFFORT TO PROVIDE THE BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE POSSIBLE,The Aptos/La Selva Fire District would like to hear from community members who have recently received fire or paramedic services. 

IF YOU RECEIVED A POSTCARD FROM US, please click on the link below to continue. Your comments are important and valuable to us, and will be used to evaluate and improve the quality of service provided by our organization. Thank you for your participation!


Safety Recalls Minimize

Click the image below for information on current product safety recalls.

Board Meeting Info Minimize

NEXT REGULAR BOARD MEETING: Thursday, December 14, 2017

Our Board of Directors typically meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7 PM, in addition to Special Meetings (scheduled as needed), in the upstairs Multi-Purpose Room at 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos CA  95003.  All meetings are open to the public.  For information on current agendas, as well as general information on our Board of Directors, click the graphics below. 


Note: Per Brown Act compliance, Regular Board Meeting Agendas will be posted a minimum of 72 hours prior to the date/time of the meeting. Special Meetings will be posted a minimum of 24 hours prior. If you would like to receive direct email notices regarding meeting Agendas, as they become available, please click the icon below to sign up for our mailing list.


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Public Records Request Minimize

Click the image below to request a Public Records request.  The attached form can be mailed or brought in person to our Administrative Office at 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos CA 95003.

Citizen Complaints Minimize

The Fire Chief will ensure that all complaints are fully investigated. Click the graphic below to access our online Citizen Complaint Form.

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