Gold Ridge Fire Protection District    
 Serving the communities of Hessel, Twin Hills, Freestone, Rural Sebastopol and the Bennett Valley Fire District 

We Are Not Immune

The Valley Fire in Lake County started on September 12, 2015.  The fire burned a total of 76,076 acres.  It destroyed 1,955 structures while injuring four firefighters and taking the lives of four civilians.  With the state suffering from multiple years of drought conditions, extreme temperatures and erratic weather, the perfect storm was created for the residents of Lake County. 

While we may not experience the extreme temperatures in West County, we are not immune to this scenario.  We have experienced multiple years of drought conditions; the heavier fuels (trees and thick brush) have still not received enough precipitation from the rains to regain their fuel moisture content that would normally make them less susceptible to fire.  

The Gold Ridge Fire Protection District is asking you to help us help you.  Please ensure that you are creating sufficient defensible space around your home (minimum 100’ of clearance or up to property lines around structures).  Please ensure that driveways leading to your residence are clear (minimum 15’ in height and 10’ wide) so we can access your residence in case of an emergency.  Please have a plan in place for when fire approaches.  Please see the following link for information regarding preventative measures you can take to help make your home “fire safe”.


 For further information, feel free to contact the department at (707) 823-1084.


The Firefighters' associations will be holding their annual pancake breakfasts this year on Sunday, June 5th at the Twin Hills Fire Station on Watertrough Rd. and Sunday, June 12th at the Hessel Fire Station on Hessel Rd.

Please come out and support your local firefighters!

North Bay Firefighter's Burn Relay, May 25, 2016.

Each year Gold Ridge and surrounding Sonoma/Marin County fire agencies band together to raise money for burn survivors. Firefighters volunteer their day to participate in the Alisa Ann Rusch burn relay benefiting children that have been victims of burn injuries. Stops are made at fire stations in both counties to pickup funds raised to support this effort. Watch for the burn relay in May!

Happy New Year! North Pole Fire Brigade Toy Drive had another successful year!

We would like to thank all those who donated toys, food or money and made this year's toy drive such a huge success. Delivery was made December 20th and the District was able to provide food and toys for 253 people within the community: 150 Children, 93 adults and 10 seniors. Without the generosity of so many people, this would never have been possible. Thank you!

8/1/2012:  SRA State Fire Fee
Information regarding the newly approved state fire fee, many questions can be answered at the following link:

4/1/2012: Canfield Rd. Training Burn

The Canfield training burn completed on April 1st proved very successful and well attended by over 40 personnel from Gold Ridge and Bennett Valley. The house provided a full day of fire attack, ventilation and fire behavior training enjoyed by many new and veteran firefighters.