All of Wasco County, from forest to field, is at some level of risk from wildfire. All new construction must comply with Fire Safety Standards (Chapter 10), which includes criteria related to Access, Siting, Defensible Space, Construction Standards, On-site water, and Fire Response capabilities.
In 2018 Wasco County received guidance from the Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire (CPAW) program. The CPAW report (available here LINK) contains several recommendations to reduce Wasco County's fire risk through improved Land Use Planning, including suggestions to update the Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) in line with current best management practices.
A CWPP, first written for Wasco County in 2005 and being updated in 2020-21, is a plan developed by a community in an area at risk from wildfire. The Community Wildfire Protection Planning (CWPP) process is the collaboration between neighbors and agencies interested in reducing wildfire risk.

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