Community Wildfire Protection Plan
WHAT IS A COMMUNITY WILDFIRE
A Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) is a community-based planning effort to clarify and refine priorities for the protection of life, property and critical infrastructure in the wildland urban interface (WUI). The process brings together a diverse group of stakeholders including local government, CAL FIRE, USDA Forest Service (USFS), local fire protection districts, and community members to establish and accomplish objectives through a collaborative process. CWPPs should address concerns for public safety, community sustainability, natural resources and analyzes areas of interest including hazard mitigation, wildfire response, community preparedness, and structural ignitability through the Community Risk Assessment.
The incentive for communities to engage in comprehensive forest 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.
This CWPP was developed by Mountain Rim Fire Safe Council (MRFSC) with guidance and support from the Running Springs Fire Department (RSFD), Arrowbear Lake Fire Department (ALFD), San Bernardino County Fire (SBCF), California Department of Forestry and Fire
Protection (CAL FIRE), and the USDA Forest Service (USFS).
Information in this plan is provided at the level of specificity determined by the community and appropriate agencies.
The process of developing a CWPP can help a community clarify and refine its priorities for the protection of life, property, and critical infrastructure in the WUI. It can also lead community members through valuable discussions regarding management options and implications for the
The assessment portion of this document estimates the hazards and risks associated with wildland fire in proximity to WUI areas. This information, in conjunction with identification of the Values at Risk, defines communities for the purposes of this document and allows prioritization of mitigation efforts. From the analysis of this data, solutions and mitigation recommendations are offered that will aid homeowners, land managers, MRFSC, and other
interested parties in developing short-term and long-term mitigation efforts.
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