Work on the CWPP is in progress, and we are looking for community feedback on strategies.
The National Wildfire Coordinating Group defines a CWPP as:
"A plan developed in the collaborative framework established by the Wildland Fire Leadership Council and agreed to by state, tribal, and local government, local fire department, other stakeholders and federal land management agencies managing land in the vicinity of the planning area. A Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) identifies and prioritizes areas for hazardous fuel reduction treatments and recommends the types and methods of treatment on Federal and non-Federal land that will protect one or more at-risk communities and essential infrastructure and recommends measures to reduce structural ignitability throughout the at-risk community. A CWPP may address issues such as wildfire response, hazard mitigation, community preparedness, or structure protection - or all of the above."
Wasco County's CWPP was written in 2005 and has not been updated since. In July 2020 the Wasco County Planning Department was awarded a FEMA grant to bring this plan up to date. The project is being run by a Core Group consisting of members from local Fire Districts, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and County Planning. Public involvement kicks off in May 2021, with surveys and other opportunities to provide input on potential wildfire mitigation strategies.
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If you have any questions about this project, or would like to be added to the notification list, please contact the Planning Department at WCPlanning@co.wasco.or.us.
Kelly Howsley Glover
Wasco County Planning Department
Oregon Department of Forestry
Bob Palmer and Jay Wood
Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue
Juniper Flats Fire District
State Fire Marshal's Office