FireWise Council Meeting
July 18, 4:30-7:00 pm
San Juan Public Lands Center
15 Burnett Court
Durango, CO 81301
Creating a CWPP – Tools to Assist in the Process
The CWPP enables a community to plan how it will reduce its risk of wildfire. The plan identifies strategic sites for fuel reduction projects as well as other efforts that can improve wildfire preparedness in the community and across jurisdictional boundaries. The idea for community-based wildfire planning and prioritization was given new and unprecedented impetus with the enactment of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act (HFRA) in 2003. This landmark legislation includes the first meaningful statutory incentives for the US Forest Service (USFS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to give consideration to the priorities of local communities as they develop and implement forest management and hazardous fuel reduction projects.
Local wildfire protection plans may be done at the community, fire district, or county level and each level has its own benefits. Regardless of the level, HFRA outlined several minimum requirements for CWPPs:
In 2009, Colorado Senate Bill 09-001 (SB 09-001) defined more specificity for the development of CWPPs in Colorado. SB 09-001 required that all Colorado counties with a wildfire risk must develop county-wide CWPPs. Further, it required that the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) develop guidelines and requirements for the creation of CWPPs in Colorado. The CSFS Minimum Standards (rev. 2009) state that CWPPs in Colorado must include:
Contact your county FireWise Coordinator or firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.