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.  Public involvement kicks off in May 2021, with surveys and other opportunities to provide input on potential wildfire mitigation strategies.

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.

Core Group
Kelly Howsley Glover
Wasco County Planning Department

Isaak Staats
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

Chris Paul
State Fire Marshal's Office