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Orange CountyIrvineIrvine, CA 92620
Orange County Fire Watch


The main goal of the Orange County Fire Watch program is to reduce wildland fire ignition sources. This is accomplished through Fire Watch program volunteers and staff walking and sitting at the perimeters of high-risk areas of Orange County, in order to be visual deterrents, who report suspicious or dangerous behaviors or activities, and assist with early detection and reporting of ignitions. The visibility of Fire Watch volunteers in these areas is a deterrent to arson and unintentional or intentional detrimental behavior that many result in wildfire ignitions.

The core element of the Orange County Fire Watch program is a highly-trained volunteer group managed by Irvine Ranch Conservancy. Training is provided by OCFA and Conservancy staff, and includes fire behavior education, public interaction training and how to report fires. Volunteers deploy to specific locations determined by fire spread research, historical ignition data, and participant safety requirements. Deployment occurs on Red Flag Warning days, Santa Ana Wind events, and/or in other special circumstances.


  • Safety & Disaster Education
  • Environmental Education
  • Community Outreach

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training

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