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A Firewise USA Community

In March 2022, CAL FIRE designated the Hollister Ranch as a Firewise USA site, a recognition by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Hollister Ranch in Santa Barbara County gets the distinction of being California’s 500th Firewise USA® Community. “The community contains 133 parcels, and it was imperative that we really focus on how to make our homes more fire safe”, said Community Leader, and retired Battalion Chief, Scott Coffman, “this process brought everyone together to accomplish one important goal.” On March 12th, just four days after being recognized as a Firewise Community, the Hollister Fire broke out in the Hollister Ranch community. “Two homes in the path of the fire had been spared by defensible space efforts,” said Coffman, “the homeowners had recently worked to clear brush and their foresight allowed Firefighters to defend the homes, proving that hard work and cooperation truly does make a difference.”

HR Fire Company

In 2010, owners established an excellent private fire company on the Hollister Ranch at Parcel 89: Hollister Ranch Fire Co. Many owners participate in the Hollister Ranch Volunteer Fire Department. Additionally relatively new Santa Barbara County fire station is located less than a mile from the Highway 101 turnoff at Gaviota.



Hollister Ranch Fire Co.

One of many HRC firefighting vehicles.

SB County Fire Station

SBCFD Fire Station 18 is just 2 miles from the HR Gatehouse.

The Hollister Ranch has been preserved in its natural and unspoiled state since 1866. The land has a rich variety of rugged coastal and pastoral environments with diverse flora and fauna as well as a world renowned coastline. We have a collective responsibility to protect and preserve our environment.

FSTI serves as the third party administrator for The Hollister Ranch Fire Company and Training Center. Hollister Ranch employees have completed the National Wildland Coordination Group 310-1 basic wildland fire fighter training and are now working on advanced instruction. In addition, all employees and over half of the residents have been trained in basic CPR/AED training with six AED’s now in service.

During a small 2020 brush fire on the far east end of the HR, a SBCFD firefighter rescued a fawn.