The Timber Cove Fire Protection District
The Timber Cove Fire Protection District (fig. 1) is an all-volunteer fire department located in northern California. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Gualala River to the east, it includes a fifteen-mile stretch of rural Coast Highway 1 which is the major route of travel for both commerce and tourists destined for California’s north coast. The coastal range is steep terrain, and 45% of our district is comprised of public lands which attract tens of thousands of visitors a year.
Figure 1. Map of the Timber Cove Fire Protection District (TCFPD) and neighboring firefighting resources. (Click the photo to open the interactive map.)
Our primary response area is approximately 48 square miles. We also provide automatic aid to 3 neighboring all-volunteer departments for structure and wildland fires. This brings our total response area to 298 square miles. The closest full-time CALFIRE station is in The Sea Ranch.
As of 2016, the population of TCFPD full-time residents is 352 and the number of parcels is 532. We currently have 17 volunteers on our roster, available 24/7.