Formed in response to the devastating fires of 2008 in Santa Cruz County, the Soquel FireSafe Council is a partnership of concerned residents and local agencies with a mission to mobilize homeowners and residents in the Wildalnd Urban Interface (WUI) areas of Soquel and its surrounding communities, to help protect their homes and communities from wildfires. We cover the southern portion of Santa Cruz County, from highway 17 to the Monterey County border.

The 2008 Summit, Martin and Trabing fires burned over 5,380 acres, destroyed 218 structures and cost taxpayers over $22.8 million dollars to suppress. Our proactive programs will greatly reduce the level of devastation when a wildfire strikes our community. The Soquel FireSafe Council's participants include CAL FIRE, Central Fire Protection District, Aptos-LaSelva Fire Protection District, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Redwood Empire, State Farm Insurance, local business owners and homeowners.

The Soquel FireSafe Council operates with an elected board of officers and directors consisting of residents from Soquel and Aptos as well as key stakeholders from local, state and federal agencies. We are all volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us.

Mission Statement
We at the Soquel FireSafe Council strive to reduce damage and devastation through our mission of

"Mobilizing the people of Soquel to protect their homes, communities and environment from wildfires." 

Our goal to reduce the damage and devastation to our community from wildfire through Hazardous Fuel Reduction Programs, Education & Outreach Programs and Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs).

Officers and Directors

The following people are the current Officers and Directors:

  • Executive Director: Thadyne Borchert, Soquel resident
  • President: David Van Lennep, Redwood Empire
  • Treasurer: Zaunna Wells, Santa Cruz resident
  • Secretary: open ;
  • Director: Brenda Burks, CCCs Administrator
  • Director: Zaunna Wells, Santa Cruz resident
  • Director: Tom Reefe, Soquel Resident
  • Director: David Van Lennep, Redwood Empire

Meetings are scheduled for the last Tuesday of the month at 8:30 am. Thanks to the generosity of the Aptos La Selva Fire Protection District, we typically meet at their administration offices located at 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos.

Additional Information

The views and conclusions on this Web site are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the opinions or policies of the California Fire Safe Council, the Soquel FireSafe Council or the U.S. Government. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute an endorsement by the California Fire Safe Council, the Soquel FireSafe Council or the U.S. Government.