Next Regular Board Meeting: Thursday, August 13, 7:00 PM

All meetings are held at 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos, unless otherwise noted. Agendas are posted on our Board of Directors page.

Notice: Board Director Drew Johnston has resigned, as of June 22, 2015.  See Board of Directors page (linked above) for details. The District is currently accepting applications (also available on the this page) to fill the current vacancy.

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4th of July - Celebrate Safely!
According to recent NFPA data, On Independence Day in a typical year, fireworks account for two out of five of all reported fires, more than any other cause of fire. In 2011 alone, 17,800 fires were started by fireworks.

Fireworks are illegal in all parts of unincorporated Santa Cruz County including areas covered by the Aptos/La Selva Fire District, which includes Aptos, La Selva Beach, Day Valley and Rio Del Mar. Fireworks purchased in Watsonville shall remain and be used within the city limits of Watsonville. Please check out their safety guidelines here. Use of fireworks outside of Watsonville city limits can result in fines of $1000.

Safe and fun local activities for the 4th include: The Worlds Shortest Parade on Soquel Dr. (near State Park), the La Selva Beach 4th of July parade, a pre-parade Pancake Breakfast held in the Burger parking lot on Soquel Drive, the “Party in the Park” event at Aptos Village Park, the Firecracker 5k/10k race at Harvey West Park in Santa Cruz, or the professionally produced fireworks show at Skypark in Scotts Valley. 

For more info on Aptos-specific events, visit the Aptos Chamber of Commerce website.

NOTE: Our Admin Office will be closed on July 3rd, for the holiday. Please call the Sheriff’s office to report any sightings of illegal fireworks. Messages left on the Admin. phone will not be heard until July 6th. 

Board of Directors - Notice of  Vacancy

Due to the recent resignation of Director Drew Johnston, the Board is accepting applications to fill the vacancy by appointment.  Details and a downloadable application are available on our Board of Directors page.

Grilling Safety

Each year, approximately 8,800 home fires and over 16,000 emergency visits happen due to BBQ grilling.  Propane grills accounted for 82% of those accidents.  The NFPA has a number of grilling safety tips at their website, here: http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/outdoors/grillingSome of these helpful tips include:

  • Position your grill well away from siding, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from grill area - declare a three-foot "safe zone" around the grill.
  • Use long-handled grilling tools to give the chef plenty of clearance from heat and flames while grilling.
  • Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in trays below grill, so it can not be ignited by a hot grill.
  • Check your gas cylinder hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year.  
  • If the gas is on but there is no ignition, turn off the BBQ and allow gas to dissipate at least 5 minutes before attempting to ignite again.
  • When done, turn off the propane connection before the burners, to prevent excess gas from leaking out. 

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Residents of Aptos and the surrounding area are being targeted by a phone scam operation.  Callers claim to be firefighters with the Aptos/La Selva Fire District, who are collecting money for a Burn Foundation (or other) charity cause.  We urge the public to NOT give any credit card information, bank numbers or other personal info to these callers.  They are not associated with the District in any way, and local law enforcement has been alerted to the issue.  These callers seem to be using rotating cell phone numbers with a local (831) area code, which disconnects immediately after calling.

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Click the picture below to download "Living With Fire In Santa Cruz County", a comprehensive guide to protecting your home and property from the threat of a major wildland fire.  For more useful information on wildfire prevention and safety, you can visit www.preventwildfireca.org.  

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