A Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) is a mechanism for communities to address their wildfire risk, by promoting collaboration and local action through comprehensive planning and prioritization. The CWPP entails the collaboration of local, state, and federal agency representatives, and other interested parties, such as individual property owners, and special interest groups.
Through this process, the plan:
- Identifies areas of high hazard in which topography, fuel and weather create the potential for extreme fire behavior regardless of socio-political boundaries
- Identifies where there is interest, willingness to participate and resources for preparedness and mitigation activities
- Addresses structure ignitibility
- Protects at-risk communities and essential infrastructure
- Prioritizes fuel reduction and recommend types and methods of treatment
- Contributes to effective strategies for community outreach and education
Why Does Calistoga Have a CWPP?
A history of wildfire and continued fire hazards exists in Calistoga and in Napa County. There are many “values at risk,” from wildfire, including life safety, homes and property, critical infrastructure, and natural resources.
What does a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) Include?
A CWPP embodies a road map for the future. It includes:
- Analyses of conditions, hazards and recommendations related to the natural and built environment
- Descriptions of processes and people involved, as well as a synopsis of policies, codes, programs, maps, and associated plans, including environmental, economic, and sociopolitical constraints
- A reference architecture for areas of agency collaboration
- Depictions of emergency response capabilities
- An articulation of specific regional project priorities for fuel reduction
- Community base map, and Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) delineation
- An overarching strategy for sustained community outreach and education including data collection, and communication strategies
- Recommendations, actions and monitoring to guide the future
What the CWPP Accomplish?
- Shared vision of current situation
- Open statement of priorities
- Common, shared, or parallel paths for improvement of wildfire safety
- Greater engagement and collaboration with partners/stakeholders
- Increased potential for project funding/efficiency
- A sustainable framework and governing process for ongoing work to amend and enhance the strategy
- Improved services and coordination for Fire Safe Councils by better centralizing specific shared services and functions
A PDF copy of the Calistoga Community Wildfire Protection Plan is available for download by clicking on the link below: