Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) update

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.  It is anticipated that several public meetings will be held around the County over the course of this project, beginning in Fall 2020.  Please check back in September for meeting dates, times, and locations.

If you have any questions about this project, or would like to be added to the notification list, please contact Will Smith at

Core Group
Will Smith
Wasco County Planning Department

Kiel Nairns
Oregon Department of Forestry

Bob Palmer and Jay Wood
Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue

Eugene Walters
Juniper Flats Fire District