Benefits of a Community Wildfire Protection Plan

There are several great reasons to develop a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). First and foremost , a successful Community Wilfire Protection Plan provides a community with a set of objectives and actions specifically designed to address the threat of wildfire. These objecitves and actions can help:

  • Enhance public safety
  • Improve community sustainability
  • Protect ecosystem health
  • Raise public awareness of wildfire hazards and wildfire risk
  • Educate landowners on how to reduce home ignitability
  • Build and improve collaboration at multiple levels

A Community Wildfire Protection Plan is a critical tool required to obtain hazard mitigation grants through the National Fire Plan, FEMA mitigation grants, and others. Under the Healthy Forest Restoration Act (HFRA) of 2003, communities that seek grants from the federal government for hazardous fuels reduction work are required to prepare a Community Wildfire Protection Plan.

The minimum requirements for a Community Wildfire Protection Plan as described in the HFRA are:

  • Collaboration:A Community Wildfire Protection Plan must be collaboratively developed by local and state government representatives, in consultation with federal agencies and other interested parties.
  • Prioritized Fuel Reduction: A Community Wildfire Protection Plan must identify and prioritize areas for hazardous fuel reduction treatments and recommend the types and methods of treatment that will protect one or more at-risk communities and essential infrastructure.
  • Treatment of Structural ignitability: A Community Wildfire Protection Plan must recommend measures that homeowners and communities can take to reduce the ignitability of structures throughout the area addressed by the plan.

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