About CWPP

Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP) in Douglas County, Wisconsin.  The purpose of the Southern Douglas County CWPP is to help local communities collaborate with agencies, organizations and homeowners to mitigate wildfire hazards, improve community preparedness, address defensible space and structure integrity, and implement wildfire safety projects that will make a difference in their community in the event of a wildfire. 

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A CWPP also provides the communities with the opportunity to influence how and where federal monies are spent on hazardous fuels reduction. Community Wildfire Protection Plans are authorized and defined in Title 1 of the Healthy Forest Restoration Act (HFRA) passed by Congress on November 21, 2003 and signed into law by President Bush on December 3, 2003.  The Act places renewed emphasis on community planning by extending benefits to communities who develop a plan that meets the minimum standards of the Act.  Critical among these benefits is the option of establishing a localized definition and boundary for the wildland-urban interface (WUI) and the opportunity to help shape fules treatment priorities for surrounding federal and non-federal lands.  The HFRA establishes three minimum requirements for a CWPP. 

The First Requirement is for ...

collaboration in plan development.  A CWPP must be developed as a collaborative effort between local and state government, in consultation with federal agencies and other interested parties.  A CWPP must identify and prioritize areas for hazardous fuels reduction treatments and recommend types and methods of treatment that will protect one or more at-risk communities and critical infrastructure.  Finally, a CWPP must recommend measures which private landowners and communities can utilize to reduce the ignitability of structures within the planning area.

HFRA also enables communities influence where and how federal monies are spent on hazardous fuels reduction and allows communities to compete for public funding the implement hazardous fuels reduction projects.  HFRA also establishes that the contents of the final plan must be muturally agreed upon by the participating local units of goverment, the local fire departments and the state agency responsible for forest management (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources).


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Partnership & Collaboration

  • Provide opportunities for meaninful discussions among community members and local, state, and federal government representative sregarding their priorities for local fire protection and forest management
  • Meet or exceed the requirements of the National Fire Plan for a Community Wildfire Protection Plan

Risk Assessment

  • Identify and map Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) boundairies for communities adjacent to forest lands
  • Identify and evaluate wildfire hazards with an emphasis on Communities-At-Risk

MORE... Fuels Reduction; Structural Vulnerability Reduction; Preparedness/Response; Education and OutReach.

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