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State Operations

Chief Officer in Class A uniform.  American flag and Department flag in background

Billy See, Assistant Chief


The State Operations has primary responsibility for over 1,113,284 acres of CAL FIRE Direct Protection Area (DPA) lands within two different counties. The mission is to serve and safeguard the people and protect the property and resources of California.

It is primarily vegetated at the lower and mid elevations by seasonal grasses, deciduous and evergreen oaks, and brush, while the higher elevations consist of conifers.

State Operations includes five (5) respective Battalions, Nine (9) State Stations, twelve Front-line Type III Engines, two (2) Bull Dozers, and Four (4) CDCR Inmate crews for the Miramonte Conservation Camp CC#5.  During Peak Operations, there are over 150 personnel assigned to State Operations.

CAL FIRE’s values represent beliefs that are shared among the stakeholders of the Department.  To this end, the following values are highlighted as expected roles of every employee within the Department.


  • We are committed to the safety and well-being of the public and our employees.
  • We strive for excellence and professionalism.
  • We maintain a can-do attitude and humility in the execution of our duties.


  • We care about each other and our service to others, including cooperators, governing bodies, and the public.
  • We build and maintain cooperative relationships across the State to benefit the public we serve.
  • We allow every member of the Department a voice within a chain-of-command structure.


  • We integrate resource management, fire protection, and fire prevention missions on behalf of the State and local communities.
  • We strive to ensure a high level of environmental protection in all our programs and operations.

Organizational Excellence

  • We value the diversity among our employees and the vital functions they perform to enhance our mission.
  • We exhibit calm resilience and performance in the face of emergencies and disasters of any scale.
  • We recognize the importance of clear and consistent communication.
  • We embrace and support innovation.
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