The Grand County Office of Emergency Management, your local fire protection districts, and the Grand County Wildfire Council are working with SWCA Environmental Consultants to develop a county-wide Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). An important part of the planning process is hearing from the communities within the planning area. This means we would like to hear from YOU! The Draft Grand County CWPP will be open for public comment and review on Monday, April 3 and will close on Sunday, April 16. Comments can be submitted via the Storymap, on the CWPP tab: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/f7d37bd3818c47669e8dff1ad55b11b6.
The main goals of a CWPP are:
• Collaboration- must be developed by local & state government, consulting with federal agencies.
• Prioritized fuel reduction- must identify the most at-risk areas for treatment of hazardous fuel and recommend actions to protect communities and infrastructure.
• Treatment of structural ignitability- must recommend measures that homeowners and communities can take to reduce the ignitability of structures throughout the area addressed by the plan.
• Definition of a WUI- gives each Core Team of agency stakeholders the ability to define their wildland urban interface (WUI) area, where homes and structures come into contact with wildland fuels.
• Community risk analysis- using field based or geographic information system methodology, the Core Team assesses all hazards and risks associated with wildfire spread throughout the planning area.
• Discussion of firefighting preparedness- to identify ways to enhance fire response.
• Community involvement- to ensure that the planning effort incorporates public input and grassroots level planning.