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Mother Lode Fire Information – County Info

Amador County

Fire protection services in Amador County are provided by ten separate, but cooperative agencies. These agencies are: Amador Fire Protection District, Ione Fire Department, Jackson Fire Department, Jackson Valley Fire Protection District, Lockwood Fire Protection District, Sutter Creek Fire Protection District, Kirkwood Public Utilities District, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF), United States Forest Service, and Mule Creek State Prison.

All of these departments are staffed by volunteer personnel with the exception of CDF, the Forest Service, and the State Prison. The primary mission of the Forest Service is fire protection of National Forest lands and fire engines are only staffed during the wildland fire season, shutting down operations in the winter and spring months. To assure year round staffing of fire engines, an agreement called The Amador Plan provides for staffing of the 3 State Fire stations outside of wildland fire season and for year round dispatch services to all local government fire departments in Amador County. For business calls: (209) 223-6391. Dial 911 for Emergencies.

Calaveras County

Calaveras County has fire prevention districts set up, with each responsible for its own set area within the county. The CDF helps cover some of the areas that are not normally covered by the Fire Prevention Districts.

The individual Fire Prevention Districts carry out their mission of fire prevention and suppression though the following strategies; The recruitment, training and retention of qualified employees, the recruitment, training and retention of professional volunteers, fire and public safety programs to prevent fires which threaten lives, property and the environment and promotes a fire and accident safe community. An ignition management program to mitigate the threat of conflagration, which might otherwise result from an urban/wild land, intermix fire.

Central Calaveras Fire & Rescue

The Central Calaveras Fire & Rescue Protection District is a "combination" fire agency established July 1, 1999, staffed by paid firefighters and volunteer firefighters who have chosen a career in the fire service. In addition to fighting fires, the firefighters must deal with a wide range of emergency situations, medical emergencies, vehicle accidents, hazardous material incidents, civil disturbances and natural disasters in the communities of Glencoe, Mountain Ranch, Rail Road Flat and Sheep Ranch located in the “Southern Mines Area” of the Mother Lode Region of the gold country, in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada with an elevation ranging from 760 feet to 3626 feet.

For further information please contact us at Central Calaveras Fire District

Tuolumne County

The county of Tuolumne contracts with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF), to provide administration and suppression personnel for the Tuolumne County Fire Department. With this “Integrated Fire Protection System”, Tuolumne County fulfills its responsibility to residents for protection of life and property, and CDF provides the protection for wild land. TCFD has fourteen fire stations, and CDF has five in Tuolumne County.

The volunteer firefighter program is the heart of the county´s suppression effort. Volunteers provide 94 % of the department´s staffing needs. Staff from CDF and TCFD train together on a regular basis, under the direction of the Training Division. In an emergency dial 911.

For more information on the Tuolumne County Fire Prevention call 533-5594


The men and women of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF) are dedicated to the fire protection and stewardship of over 31 million acres of California´s privately owned wild lands. In addition, the Department provides varied emergency services in 33 of the State´s 58 counties via contracts with local governments. The Department´s firefighters, fire engines, and aircraft respond to an average 6,400 wild land fires each year. Those fires burn an average of nearly 148,000 acres annually. For more information on the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention please visit CDF Home page

U.S. Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management

“Safety, Integrity, and Mutual Respect”
The Fire and Aviation Management part of the USDA Forest Service is a diverse group of people working to advance technologies in fire management and suppression, maintain and improve the extremely efficient mobilization and tracking systems in place, and reach out in support of our Federal, State, and International fire partners. Their core values of Safety, Integrity, and Mutual Respect guide their interactions, decision-making, and their care of America´s public lands.

For more information on the U.S. Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management division please visit their website at U.S. Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management Division

Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue

"That others may live…"
Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue is a search and rescue unit dedicated to saving lives through search, rescue, and safety education. The team is composed totally of volunteers and is available upon request to help search and rescue problems anywhere in the Tuolumne County area under the authority of the local county sheriff or in other counties under local authority. For more information about Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue visit Tuolumne SAR. In an Emergency, dial 911 and ask for Search and Rescue.

Do you want to become a firefighter?

Your local firefighting recruitment team wants to talk to you!
Tuolumne County Fire Department, Columbia Fire Protection District, Jamestown Fire Protection District, Twain Harte Community Services District Fire, Groveland Community Services District Fire, Mi Wuk Sugar Pine Protection District, Sonora City Fire Department Tuolumne Fire Protection District. To fill these boots as a volunteer firefighter call 209-533 5983.

To be a volunteer firefighter, you need to want to do the following:

  • Enjoy teamwork that improves your public safety.
  • Receive free quality education and training.
  • Encounter challenging, adventuresome and rewarding work.
  • Get to know your community.
  • Educate your community about fire safety.
  • Get off to a good start in a fire service career.
  • Help in staying fit.
  • Experience appreciation for a job well done.
  • Firefighter stipend program.
  • Retirement benefits.

Help your community by becoming a volunteer firefighter! Call 209-533 5983 Today!