About Big Sur Fire



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.





The 2019 – 2020 Residential “Backyard” Burn season began on December 1, 2019.  If you plan on burning yard waste materials within the response area of Big Sur Fire, you must first obtain a permit from Big Sur Fire.  You can use the on-line permit process HERE  to obtain a permit from Big Sur Fire.  For more information, go to our Residential “Backyard” Burn Permit Page.





Santa visiting the Ventana’s Holiday Party on Dec. 22nd, with Big Sur Fire’s Captain Marcus Foster serving as Santa’s driver and helper.


















It is with extreme sadness that we deliver this message to all of you…

At approximately 2pm on November 21st., Big Sur Fire was called out for one of our dearest supporters, friend, mentor and hero, Lana Weeks, who was found deceased in her home in Big Sur.

Lana will be deeply and dearly missed by each and every one of us and many others in this world that she has helped and influenced in so many positive ways.
She loved all of us and this organization so much that words cannot describe in enough detail. Her positive and radiant personality was contagious to all that knew her.

Lana was a shining light in this world and her legacy will live on.






Now Available – The 2019 – 2020 Big Sur Fire Responder Newsletter. Click on the image to view the Newsletter.































Nov. 4, 2019:  Members of Big Sur Fire along with the the Mid-Coast Fire Brigade conducted a joint training session on Oct. 27, 2019, at Bixby Creek Bridge on Highway 1 to sharpen their cliff-side rope rescue skills.  With an extremely rugged and steep coastline and very long drops to the ocean, members of both agencies are often called upon to descend the near vertical cliffs to perform rescue operations.  Continued training on these critical skills increases safety and performance levels ensuring an effective and safe operation.








66867527_2280972158624652_4496557568927203328_nJuly 19, 2019:  The Big Sur Firefighters had an opportunity to train with the CHP Air Operations Division on July 13, 2019 in Big Sur at the Post Ranch Landing Zone.  CHP Copter H-70 and crew provided vital and critical information for our firefighters when working near a helicopter.  Due to remote locations in the Big Sur area, and the extended travel time to the nearest hospital, helicopter resources are an invaluable tool for Big Sur Fire.  Along with CHP H-70, other helicopters that serve the Big Sur area and assist Big Sur Fire are CALSTAR, Mercy Air, and Cal Fire Copter 406.














June 12, 2019 Our annual Firefighters Muster and Community BBQ was held on June 8, 2019, at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.  We had a great turnout and appreciated all the incredible support.  Thanks to everyone who make the event a huge success and for all those who attended. Check out photos of the event in our Photo Gallery.










May 7, 2019 – We had a great Community Open House on May 4, 2019, at our main fire station celebrating our 45th anniversary and International Firefighter’s Day.  Thanks to everyone that attended and special thanks to food donated by Treebones Resort, Esalen Institute, Coast Big Sur Cafe and Gallery, Deetjen’s, Sierra Mar at Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur Bakery, Big Sur Taphouse, Fernwood, and Big Sur River Inn.  Check out photos of the event in our Photo Gallery. 





Campfire Permit - Darker

April 19, 2019 – Big Sur Fire is awarded a Cal Fire grant as part of 66 Statewide local fire prevention projects.  See the Big Sur Fire Press Release HERE.


December 10, 2018On December 6, 2018, during a congressional session, the Honorable Jimmy Panetta, U.S. Representative , honored Fire Chief Martha Karstens for her many years of dedicated service to Big Sur Fire and the Big Sur community.  Representative Panetta’s comments are now part of the Congressional Record.  The entirety of his comments can be found HERE.


October 31, 2018 – In anticipation for potential severe weather events along the Big Sur Coast, CALTRANS has developed emergency plans that will include the possible temporary closure of Highway 1 in the Mud Creek area and at Paul Slide.  Click HERE for additional information from CALTRAN’s District 5 Public Information Officer, Susana Z. Cruz.  To view an enlarged map of the closure area, click HERE.










Chief Martha Karstens receiving a check from the Community Foundation for Monterey County for $25,000 for donations from the Big Sur Relief Fund at Nepenethe Restaurant on July 24, 2018

Chief Martha Karstens receiving a check from the Community Foundation for Monterey County for $25,000 for donations from the Big Sur Relief Fund at Nepenethe Restaurant on July 24, 2018

Members of Big Sur Fire and the U.S. Forest Service at Captain Cooper School on October 16, 2018.

Members of Big Sur Fire and the U.S. Forest Service at Captain Cooper School on October 16, 2018.























Monterey County ConnectFor 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 Big Sur Guide, Summer 2018 – Spring 2019   provided by the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce.


Monterey County Connect.  Report illegal parking, graffiti, dumping and many other concerns at Monterey County Connect.







FPW2019_Ad_1920x1080_FinalThe most recent Fire Prevention Week was October 6 – 12, 2019. This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” works to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

Did you know?
In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.

Plan ahead for your escape. Make your home escape plan and practice today. 





Donations are Welcomed and Appreciated:Help Support the Big Sur Fire-page-0

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.



About Big Sur Fire:

Big Sur Fire was founded in 1974 as 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. 


Marathon Donation - BSVFB 2017-page-0

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 Pay Pal, click on the “Support Us” tab above.



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

Please call 805-927-2390 for current clothing and apparel availability. New apparel should be arriving soon at:

Treebones Resort DSC_7951


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.