Campus fire safety

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Nick Otis, Deputy Campus Fire Marshal

Each year in California, thousands of acres and hundreds of homes are destroyed by wildland and vegetation fires. Last winter’s much-much needed rains have created lots of potential fuel for wildfires. With the current dry conditions, the threat of fire on our campus is very high and potentially devastating.

Firefighters have already extinguished several small fires on our campus over the past two weeks—most likely caused by improperly dispensing of cigarette butts or camp fires. Anyone who smells smoke or sees a fire must immediately dial 911.

We also ask that you yield and make way for first responders, police and fire vehicles responding with red lights or sirens activated, so that they are not delayed in getting to the scene quickly.

Should you have questions about fire safety, please call 831-459-3473.