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Community Wildfire Protection Plan Outline

The Timberline Home Owners Association has actively participated in Fire Mitigation practices.

Community Wildfire Protection Plans
CSFS Minimum Standards

Purpose of CSFS Minimum Standards or CWPPs:

  • Ensure CWPPs meet Healthy Forest Restoration Act of 2003 (HFRA) Standards
  • CWPPs adequately address all key components
  • Better consistency of CWPPs across state

Plan Participants:

  • A “core group” that includes the Colorado State Forest Service, local government (county Office of Emergency Mgt), and local fire department
  • Core Group can also include “community members, member of local, state, and federal land management agencies and organizations”
  • Plan must exhibit “diverse collaboration” with emphasis on involvement of community members
  • Community members and others “engaged” throughout CWPP process
  • Document “community involvement” – meeting notes, rosters, etc.

Plan Components:

  • Definition of Community’s “wildland urban interface (WUI) area” – map and narrative
  • Identification of “adjacent landowners” and others within WUI area
  • A “community risk analysis” that includes . . .
    1. Fuel hazards
    2. Risk of wildfire occurrence
    3. Community values to be protected – immediate vicinity and beyond
    4. Recent large fire behavior and spread
  • Community “preparedness” to respond to wildfire
  • Methods to reduce “structural ignitabile
  • And an “implementation plan” that includes . . .
    1. Types of treatments
    2. Identification of “fuels treatment projects”
      • Type of treatment recommended
      • Preferred method(s) of treatment
    1. Project area map
    2. List of project priorities – within community and landscape scale

CWPP Reference Publications

  1. “Preparing a Community Wildfire Protection Plan” handbook
  2. “Leaders Guide for Developing a CWPP”
  3. “Community Wildfire Protection Plan Evaluation Guide”
  4. “Community Guide to Preparing & Implementing a CWPP”
  5. “CWPP Framework”

Level of Specificity:

  • A CWPP can be developed for “any size” community (small to large scale)
  • Large scale plans must identify “landscape scale fuels treatment projects”
  • In order to qualify as having an approved CWPP, communities represented by a “large scale” plan must . . .
    1. Identify and prioritize fuels treatments within the community
    2. Develop Implementation plan
  • Information in the plan must be “appropriate for size” of community
  • Plan should be “implementable” – adequate details and support

Adapting Existing/Combining Related Plans:

  • If an existing plan meets majority of CWPP criteria, “community must re‐engage” to meet remaining criteria
  • County or large scale CWPPs completed prior to “August 5, 2009” are considered in compliance with CWPP minimum standards until next revision
  • Although county CWPPs can be used as “umbrella” plans for smaller communities, each community should develop its own CWPP.

CWPP Approval:

  • A “signature page” is included in CWPP
  • Requires signatures of “all core group members”
  • Once approved and fully signed, CWPP is posted on the “CSFS Website”

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