The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors has authorized a three-year agreement with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to use the Los Guilicos Campus in Santa Rosa for a year-round fire base.

Cal Fire will have access to unused and underutilized facilities on the campus in order to support the county’s fire prevention and response needs. The hope is to “significantly” improve wildfire and other emergency response times.

The site, located at 538 Eliza Way, will provide 1 acre of outdoor space and more than 10,000 square feet of indoor, multi-use space including the former Sierra Youth Center building, the former classroom/multi-use building, and the adjacent parking area, court and yard.

According to the county, this Cal Fire site will be the first fire camp in Sonoma County since the 1990s. They plan to move in beginning in late spring, with a lease agreement that runs through March 31, 2025.