About Big Sur Fire

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Over 40 Years of Fire Protection – Rescue – Emergency Medical Services


The Mission of Big Sur Fire is to provide dependable fire protection and emergency services for Big Sur with teamwork, respect, and integrity.



January 14, 2018:  Effective January 15, 2018, at 8:00 AM, the previous burn ban imposed by CAL Fire will be lifted.  Burn permits will now be issued by Big Sur Fire.  Information on burn permits can be found under the “Community” tab above.  Click HERE  for the CAL Fire Termination of Proclamation notice.


The Latest Big Sur Fire News:  February 2018 Round Up Report



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Members of Big Sur Fire wearing their new uniforms and patch at Captain Cooper school on Oct. 27, 2017.

Members of Big Sur Fire wearing their new uniforms and patch at Captain Cooper school on Oct. 27, 2017.























DSC_3877For the latest road conditions in the Big Sur area, check the CALTRANS Road Conditions website.


Learn how to protect your home and property from landslides and debris flow at ready.gov


 Learn what you can do to protect your home and property from Wildfire!


 Check out all the things to do in Big Sur in the 2016 – 2017 Big Sur Guide provided by the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce.





fpw17900x200National Fire Prevention Week was October 8 – 14, 2017.  First recognized in 1922 by then President Warren Harding, the 2017 Fire Prevention Week theme is  “Every Second Counts, Plan 2 Ways Out.”  According to the National Fire Protection Association, In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.  For more information on smoke alarms and fire prevention practices, check out the websites of the National Fire Protection Association or the United States Fire Fire Administration.



Donations are Welcomed and Appreciated:help-support-the-big-sur-volunteer-fire-brigade

We understand completely how it can seem overwhelming with all the requests for donations from the many worthy organizations out there, especially during the holiday season. Well, the reality is that many non-profit organizations simply would not exist if it were not for the generous donations and support from people like yourselves. Indeed, we are one of those organizations. Since we receive no governmental funding, our existence, and our ability to serve the Big Sur community, and the numerous visitors, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, comes primarily from very much appreciated private donations.  We are here to serve the Big Sur Community to the best of our ability and we need your help to do just that.  Please consider a donation in any amount to help us maintain a vital service to the Big Sur community and our visitors. Please click on the “DONATE NOW tab at the top of this page for ways to support Big Sur Fire. Click below to view our annual donation request letter from Fire Chief, Martha Karstens and thanks for your past and continued support of Big Sur Fire.

Donation Request Letter, November 2016



About Big Sur Fire:

Big Sur Fire was founded in 1974 at the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade to provide structure fire protection for the residents and businesses in the Big Sur area. Big Sur Fire now provides both structure and wildland fire protection, along with rescue and emergency medical response for the Big Sur Community and its over 4 million annual visitors.  Big Sur Fire remains as an all-volunteer organization, with about 20 members, responding to an area which covers 60 miles of coastline along Highway One. 


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How We Are Funded:

We are funded almost entirely by grants and donations from fundraising activities such as our Big Sur River Run, our annual BBQ and Firefighter’s Muster, the Big Sur Marathon, and the Nepenthe Halloween Bal Masque. We also send out a fundraising letter each year requesting support from our local residents. We welcome any and all donations as we are continually trying to upgrade our equipment and emergency response capabilities.

Contributions such as cash, appreciated stock, in-kind professional services, and used vehicles and equipment have in the past helped us build our capabilities for emergency response. If you would like to contact us about making a donation, our address is:

Big Sur Fire

P.O. Box 520

Big Sur, CA. 93920

Phone:  831-667-2113

As a non-profit, Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) organization, tax-exempt number 94-2840361, and registered to solicit donations in the state of California, your donation will be gladly accepted. To make a tax deductible donation to Big Sur Fire by credit card or using Pay Pal, click on the “Support Us” tab above.



Local business where you can purchase Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade clothing and apparel:

Treebones Resort

Big Sur River Inn & Restaurant


News and updates from the Big Sur Community Emergency Response Team: (Big Sur CERT)

Big Sur Community Emergency Response Team


Information and local events in the Big Sur Community from the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce:

Big Sur Chamber of Commerce


Information and news from the Coast Property Owners Association (CPOA):

Coast Property Owners Association




El Sur Ranch and Pico Blanco Mountain, February 24, 2012


Soberanes Fire: August 11,2016. Fire retardant base on the El Sur Ranch below Pico Blanco

Soberanes Fire: August 11,2016. Fire retardant base on the El Sur Ranch below Pico Blanco



Rock Slide Big Sur 2017

One of the many rock slides along Highway 1, February 2017



May 24, 2017, Mud Creek Slide.

May 24, 2017, Mud Creek Slide.