J. Lopez


J. Lopez, Assistant Chief
County of Los Angeles Fire Department
Prevention Services Bureau
Forestry Division
Brush Clearance Section
5823 Rickenbacker Road Room 123
Commerce, CA 90040


For the last 28 years, Assistant Chief J. Lopez has worked for the Forestry Division covering from forest nursery operations and reforestation to the implementation of the forest and chaparral management practices in accordance to the national, state and county fire plan.


Currently, he manages the Forestry Division’s Natural Resources Section focusing on the cultural, human and natural resource protection in Los Angeles County. His work emphases systematic analysis methodologies that assess alternatives to protect assets from unacceptable risk of wildland fire damage. Projects include a combination of fuels reduction, ignition management, fire-safe engineering activities, fire prevention and behavior education, support of Fire Safe Councils and Firewise Communities, habitat health preservation, Oak Tree Ordinance, Oak Woodlands management, Environmental Impact Reports review, and protection of public and private assets.


J. Lopez has a bachelor’s degree in forestry engineering and his professional affiliations are: National Society of American Foresters Board (SAF) representing California & Hawaii, member of the California Fire Science Consortium Advisory Board, Vice-Chair of the California Fire Safe Council (CFSC), Chair of the Southern California Regional Area Safety Taskforce (SCRAST), Co-Chair of the Los Angeles County Weed Management Area (WMA), and member of many government and professional organizations. He is a qualified Incident Command System Logistics Section Chief (2) and in 2011, he received the Society of American Foresters Presidential Outstanding Field Forester Award for his district.