The Sonora Fire Department provides all risk/all hazard emergency services to the City of Sonora and surrounding areas of Tuolumne County. Sonora has one fire station centrally located within the community. The department is staffed with two full-time personnel and two Volunteer Intern Firefighters when positions are filled. We rely on participation of Volunteers, off duty full-time personnel and County resources to handle large emergency events.
Sonora is a wildland urban interface area; it is heavily wooded and has steep terrain causing a high fire risk to the City.
Sonora is located in the foothills of the western slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and is approximately 3.5 square miles. The resident population of 4,818, however as the County Seat and commercial center for the County of Tuolumne, our City’s daily population can exceed 20,000 throughout the day.
Known as the “Queen of the Southern Mines”, Sonora City still holds on to its historic charm with many of its existing buildings dating back to the 1800’s. Incorporated in 1851, Sonora quickly evolved into the commercial, government and cultural center for the region.