CZU and YOU: Resources for Recovery, Preparedness, and Ecological Understanding
The abbreviation "CZU" refers to the Cal Fire designation for its San Mateo–Santa Cruz Unit and was used as the official name for the series of fires that devastated the Santa Cruz/San Mateo mountain region in 2020. The CZU Lightning Complex Fire, as it was known, burned for 38 days, destroyed 1,490 buildings, burned 86,509 acres, and caused one fatality. This series, brought to you on the one year anniversary of the start of the fires, is intended to help educate and inspire Santa Cruz County residents and CZU Fire Survivors in all manners of wildfire preparedness, response, and recovery.
The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History and Santa Cruz Public Libraries have partnered with various local organizations to bring a variety of programs and activities to those interested in learning more about wildfires.
Programs in the series will be held online via Zoom, with some held in person, and are listed below. All programs are free, but require registration. Please click on one to learn more or to register.