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Getting Involved With Community Wildfire Protection Planning


Getting Involved with Community Wildfire Protection Planning


Many jurisdictions in Oregon have completed their initial Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs). These plans define community boundaries and WUI areas, describe local wildfire hazards and values at risk, and lay out how the community will reduce risk and respond in the event of a wildfire.

Community Wildfire Protection Plans are designed as "living" documents, to be continually updated. Participating in the process of refining and implementing your local CWPP is a great way for citizens to get more involved.

Oregon Department of Forestry identified a list of community-level wildfire information needs (home densities, community names and boundaries, fire occurrence, fuel loadings, protection capabilities). This information is currently unavailable for some communities. Filling these information gaps will improve statewide planning and local CWPPs.

Getting in touch with your Local Coordinating Group is the best way to start getting involved with wildfire protection planning in your community! Contact the Local Coordinating Group (LCG) responsible for developing and maintaining your local CWPP.

Some LCGs are based on existing local networks, such as watershed councils. Others bring together new groups of stakeholders, community leaders and agency staff specifically for wildfire planning.

Sisters R andger District Volunteers - 2002 Cache Mountain Fire (Bob Nichols, USDA)

Sisters Ranger District Volunteers - 2002 Cache Mountain Fire (Bob Nichols, USDA)