Welcome to the Home Wildfire Safety Survey
by the Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council

Take this survey to see how safe your home is from wildfire, and learn how to make it even safer!

Wildfire History


The Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council was founded in 2000, and is dedicated to promoting Wildfire Safety through Education and Action in the Ojai Valley area.

We are an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and we work with many partners in the community, including residents, farmers, ranchers and growers, and safety agencies from federal, state, county and local jurisdiction. We rely on grants and public support to fund our activities.

Our activities include both education and vegetation management projects in high-hazard and sometimes sensitive areas. Please feel free to explore our website to find out more about the projects and activities of the Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council.



Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council
910 East Aliso St.
Ojai, CA 93023


(805) 646-7307



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Your support is especially necessary during times of critical incidents such as the Day Fire. Your contributions are deeply appreciated.

Correspondence and donations may be mailed to:
Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council
910 East Aliso St.
Ojai, CA 93023

phone: (805) 646-7307
e-mail: info@firesafeojai.org

The Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity.
Donations are tax deductible.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who is the Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council?

A: Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council is a local Fire Safe Council dedicated to preparing and educating people in the Ojai Valley area to help protect them, their homes and their families from wildfire. We work in close association and with the support of the California Fire Safe Council, which serves hundreds of Fire Safe Councils throughout California. See our About page for more information.

Q: What exactly is a Home Wildfire Safety Survey?

A: The Home Wildfire Safety Survey is designed to help homeowners assess the safety level of their home and property in the event of a wildfire. It asks questions about your home and surrounding land, and based on your answers, provides a safety rating, along with recommendations about how you can improve safety.

Q: Can I get in trouble if I have a low score on the survey?

A: No. The Home Wildfire Safety Survey is not an "official" assessment -- this tool is for your personal use in determining your home's safety level in the event of a wildfire. Because we do not collect or store any personal information (other than your ZIP code), there is no way to share or transmit any personally identifiable information to any government agency, insurance company or other entity.

Q: Do you reveal or use any of my personal information?

A: No. To begin with, the only information we collect and store is your ZIP code. So there is no way for us or anyone else who might gain access to our data to personally identify anyone. If you choose to have your survey results eMailed to yourself and/or others, we use the eMail address(es) that you provide ONLY for that purpose, and we do not store them -- once the eMail has been sent, we have no record of those eMail addresses.

Web Site Terms and Conditions of Use

1. Terms

By accessing this web site, you are agreeing to be bound by these web site Terms and Conditions of Use, all applicable laws and regulations, and agree that you are responsible for compliance with any applicable local laws. If you do not agree with any of these terms, you are prohibited from using or accessing this site. The materials contained in this web site are protected by applicable copyright and trade mark law.

2. Use License

  • Permission is granted to temporarily access and use the materials (information or software) on this web site for personal, non-commercial transitory viewing only. This is the grant of a license, not a transfer of title, and under this license you may not:
  • modify or copy the materials;
  • use the materials for any commercial purpose, or for any public display (commercial or non-commercial);
  • attempt to decompile or reverse engineer any software contained on this web site;
  • remove any copyright or other proprietary notations from the materials; or
  • transfer the materials to another person or “mirror” the materials on any other server.
  • This license shall automatically terminate if you violate any of these restrictions and may be terminated by Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council at any time.

3. Disclaimer

The materials on this web site are provided “as is”. Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council makes no warranties, expressed or implied, and hereby disclaims and negates all other warranties, including without limitation, implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement of intellectual property or other violation of rights. Further, Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council does not warrant or make any representations concerning the accuracy, likely results, or reliability of the use of the materials on its Internet web site or otherwise relating to such materials or on any sites linked to this site. In particular, Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council does not warrant or make any representations that following any or all recommendations given on its website will necessarily prevent or protect the user from damage by wildfire.

4. Limitations

In no event shall Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council or its contractors be liable for any damages (including, without limitation, damages for loss of data or profit, or due to business interruption,) arising out of the use or inability to use the materials on this site, even if Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council or an Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council authorized representative has been notified orally or in writing of the possibility of such damage. Because some jurisdictions do not allow limitations on implied warranties, or limitations of liability for consequential or incidental damages, these limitations may not apply to you.

5. Revisions and Errata

The materials appearing on Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council’s web site could include technical, typographical, or photographic errors. Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council does not warrant that any of the materials on its web site are accurate, complete, or current. Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council may make changes to the materials contained on its web site at any time without notice. Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council does not, however, make any commitment to update the materials.

6. Links

Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council has not reviewed all of the sites linked to its Internet web site and is not responsible for the contents of any such linked site. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council of the site. Use of any such linked web site is at the user’s own risk.

7. Site Terms of Use Modifications

Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council may revise these terms of use for its web site at any time without notice. By using this web site you are agreeing to be bound by the then current version of these Terms and Conditions of Use.

8. Governing Law

Any claim relating to Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council’s web site shall be governed by the laws of the State of Delaware without regard to its conflict of law provisions.

Privacy Policy

Collection and Use of Personal Information

We do not request or automatically acquire any personally identifiable information. The only data that we collect and store is the user's ZIP code, for geographical data analysis purposes. A ZIP code is not considered Personal Information, since it can not, by itself, identify an individual.

If the user chooses to eMail their survey results to themselves or others, the eMail addresses provided are only used to send the eMail, and are then discarded -- eMail addresses are not stored in our systems.

This website does not use cookies to store information about users.

Disclosure to Third Parties

Since no Personal Information is collected or stored, this website has no Personal Information to share with third parties. We do publicly share collected data on the number of surveys taken in a given ZIP code, and we may also share the average score of the surveys taken in a given ZIP code.

Service Providers

We do not share personal or non-personal information with companies who provide services such as extending credit, fulfilling customer orders, delivering products to you, assessing your interest in products and services, or conducting customer research or satisfaction surveys.

Location-Based Services

We do not collect or store any location-based data, other than a user-provided ZIP code.

Third-Party Sites and Services

Our websites, products, applications, and services may contain links to third-party websites, products, and services. Information collected by third parties, which may include such things as location data or contact details, is governed by their privacy practices. We encourage you to learn about the privacy practices of those third parties.

Our Commitment to Your Privacy

While collecting Personal Information would significantly expand the utility of this application and the data it collects, the Board of the Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council made the conscious choice to avoid collecting Personal Information in order to absolutely assure the privacy and safety of those using this service.

Privacy Questions

If you have any questions or concerns about our Privacy Policy or data processing, please contact us.

All such communications are examined and replies issued where appropriate as soon as possible. If you are unsatisfied with the reply received, you may refer your question or complaint to the relevant regulator in your jurisdiction.

We may update this Privacy Policy from time to time. When we change the policy in a material way, a notice will be posted on the front page of the service, and a link to the updated Privacy Policy will be provided.

Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council, 910 East Aliso Street, Ojai, CA 93023

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1) Does the home have a non-combustible roof?

2) If roof is tile, are ends capped?

3) Is wooden fascia covered?

4) Are rain gutters and roof free of leaves, pine needles and branches?

1 = lots of debris, 5 = all clear and clean

5) Are all vent openings screened with 1/8" or smaller mesh metal screens?

6) Do all chimneys have spark arrestors?

7) Does the house have a stucco exterior or other non-combustible siding?

8) Are the eaves "boxed in"?

9) Are decks enclosed underneath?

10) Are decks made from non-combustible materials?

11) Are windows double-glazed or tempered glass?

12) Are decks, patios and porches free of combustible materials (like wooden or plastic furniture)?

13) Are firewood and/or scrap wood piles at least 30' from the house?

14) Is dead vegetation cleared within 100' of all structures?

1 = lots of dead vegetation, 5 = no dead vegetation

15) Is the distance between shrubs at least three times the width of the larger bush?

1 = shrubs all clumped together, 5 = shrubs properly spaced

16) Is there at least 10' of separation between the widest branches of trees?

1 = little or no separation, 5 = ten feet or more separation

17) Have "ladder fuels" been removed?

1 = ladder fuels prominent, 5 = no ladder fuels

18) Is there a lean, clean and green area extending at least 30' from the house?

1 = crowded, overgrown, dry landscaping, 5 = lean, clean and green landscaping

19) Is there a 3-foot perimeter around the house that is clear of all combustible materials?

20) Are your neighborhood street signs made of fire-resistant materials?

21) Is your home's address clearly visible from the street?

22) Do you have an emergency supply kit ready to go in case of a wildfire emergency?

23) Do you have smoke alarms and fire extinguishers in your home?

24) Does everyone in your family know where the gas, water and electric shut-offs are and how to operate them?

25) Do you have an evacuation checklist, including main and alternate evacuation routes?

26) If you have pets and/or animals, do you have a plan for how to handle them in an evacuation?


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Thank you for taking the Home Wildfire Safety Survey! This report provides you with the results for your Survey, and based on those results, recommends steps you can take to make your home even safer in the event of a wildfire. Your score is provided so that next time you take the survey, you can see how much your safety level has improved.

The recommendations are grouped into three basic categories:

- Low or No Cost: inexpensive or free ways to improve your safety
- Moderate Cost: actions that have some cost, but will improve your safety
- Investment: actions that have significant cost, but are a good investment in your safety

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