Wildfire Risk Assessment & Community Protection
Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP)
As a result of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act (HFRA) in 2003 communities within the wildland urban interface were given incentive to engage in comprehensive forest planning and prioritization by creating community wildfire protection plans. These plans address issues such as wildfire response, hazard mitigation, community preparedness, and structure protection. Fuel hazard mapping was also included for high and extreme fuel hazard communities, along with proposed risk and hazard mitigation projects. The HFRA gives priority to fuels reduction projects and treatment areas identified in a CWPP by directing federal agencies to give specific consideration to fuel reduction projects that implement those plans.
Sponsored by the Nevada Division of Forestry, the Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Forest Service, the Nevada Fire Safe Council contracted with Resource Concepts, Inc. to assess and create Community Wildfire Protection Plans for 250 communities in Nevada. Click here for each county plan.
The State Fire Assistance grant program provides funding for fuels projects in each of Nevada’s seventeen counties. Click here for more information and grant application forms.
Landscape-Scale Wildland Fire Risk/Hazard/Value Assessment
The Landscape-Scale Wildland Fire Risk/Hazard/Value Assessment is to be used as a companion document with the Nevada Community Wildfire Risk/Hazard Assessment Project which was completed 2004. Combined, these two documents contain an assessment of the potential consequences of wildland fire for virtually all lands within the state of Nevada.
Together these documents should be used as a source of information and an aid to setting priorities, completing plans, and implementing effective fuel reduction projects both within and outside of the wildland urban interface. Using the two assessments in concert with the guidelines established by the Living With Fire Program (http://www.livingwithfire.info) should prove beneficial in reducing the wildfire threat and minimizing potential damage to communities and other important values.