Fire Adapted Nevada Partnership

Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP)

Community or County Wide Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs) that incorporate all communities within the county are authorized and defined in Title I of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 (HFRA). CWPP’s represent the best opportunity that communities have to address the challenges of the Wildland-Urban Interface and the threat of wildfire. The CWPP helps communities define their priorities for the protection of life, property, and shared assets-at-risk from wildfires. Developing a CWPP encourages community members and leaders to have valuable discussions about wildfire preparedness, evacuation planning, and local fire district capabilities. The CWPP increases grant funding opportunities by prioritizing fuel reduction projects around and within the community.

Nevada Division of Forestry staff engage in and can facilitate the CWPP process with those communities or counties that request assistance. Communities are encouraged to work with County officials to convene a county-wide CWPP process that will provide an overarching plan for all communities. Then individual communities can focus on obtaining and retaining Firewise USA site recognition which requires community-level action planning and implementation.

 
 

Elements of the CWPP

  • Collaboration: A CWPP must be collaboratively developed by local and state government agencies, in consultation with federal agencies and interested parties. The local county, local fire district and NDF must sign off on the final CWPP document.
     
  • Prioritized Fuel Reduction: The CWPP must identify and prioritize areas for hazardous fuel reduction treatments and recommend the methods of treatment that will protect at-risk communities and structures. A map of the priority fuel reduction projects is not required but is highly recommended. The Community Assessor Tool will help local and state government agencies, in consultation with federal agencies and interested parties and communities prioritize mitigation strategies for their communities.
     
  • Treatment of Structure Ignitability: A CWPP must also recommend measures that homeowners can take to reduce the ignitability of structures throughout the area addressed by the plan.

The HFRA requires that three entities must mutually agree to the final contents of a CWPP:

  • The applicable local government (e.g. counties or cities);
  • The local fire department(s); and
  • The state agency responsible for forest management
 
 

Benefits for the Community

The Partnership assists Community Chapters with the creating or updating your community’s CWPP. A current CWPP provides several benefits to your community, such as:

  • The opportunity to establish a locally appropriate definition and boundary for the WUI.
  • Community Hazard Assessments for firefighters to use for fire pre-planning.
  • A list of priority fuel reduction projects for your community to implement.
  • The requirement for federal agencies, when planning fuel reduction projects, to give priority to projects that provide for the protection of at-risk-communities or watersheds, or that implement recommendations in a CWPP.
 
 

CWPP Learning Resources

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension-Living with Fire CWPP
Community Guide to Preparing and Implementing a CWPP
Community Wildfire Protection Plan Evaluation Guide
Preparing a Community Wildfire Protection Plan-Handbook
Leader’s Guide for Developing a CWPP
Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 Official Website
Carson City Sample CWPP
Lake Tahoe Basin Sample CWPP

 
 

County & Community Wildfire Risk Assessments

Carson City

Carson City RCI Community Wildfire Risk/ Hazard Assessment-2005
Carson City Landscape-Scale Wildland Fire Risk Assessment-2008

Churchill County

Churchill County RCI Community Wildfire Risk/ Hazard Assessment-2005
Churchill County Landscape-Scale Wildland Fire Risk Assessment-2008

Clark County

Clark County RCI Community Wildfire Risk/ Hazard Assessment-2005
Clark County Landscape-Scale Wildland Fire Risk Assessment-2008

Douglas County

Douglas County RCI Community Wildfire Risk/ Hazard Assessment-2005
Douglas County Landscape-Scale Wildland Fire Risk Assessment-2008

Elko County

Elko County RCI Community Wildfire Risk/ Hazard Assessment-2005
Elko County Landscape-Scale Wildland Fire Risk Assessment-2008

Esmeralda County

Esmeralda County RCI Community Wildfire Risk/ Hazard Assessment-2005
Esmeralda County Landscape-Scale Wildland Fire Risk Assessment-2008

Eureka County

Eureka County RCI Community Wildfire Risk/ Hazard Assessment-2005
Eureka County Landscape-Scale Wildland Fire Risk Assessment-2008

Humboldt County

Humboldt County RCI Community Wildfire Risk/ Hazard Assessment-2005
Humboldt County Landscape-Scale Wildland Fire Risk Assessment-2008

Lander County

Lander County RCI Community Wildfire Risk/ Hazard Assessment-2005
Lander County Landscape-Scale Wildland Fire Risk Assessment-2008

Lincoln County

Lincoln County RCI Community Wildfire Risk/ Hazard Assessment-2005
Lincoln County Landscape-Scale Wildland Fire Risk Assessment-2008

Lyon County

Lyon County RCI Community Wildfire Risk/ Hazard Assessment-2004
Lyon County Landscape-Scale Wildland Fire Risk Assessment-2008

Mineral County

Mineral County RCI Community Wildfire Risk/ Hazard Assessment-2004
Mineral County Landscape-Scale Wildland Fire Risk Assessment-2008

Nye County

Nye County RCI Community Wildfire Risk/ Hazard Assessment-2005
Nye County Landscape-Scale Wildland Fire Risk Assessment-2008

Pershing County

Pershing County RCI Community Wildfire Risk/ Hazard Assessment-2004
Pershing County Landscape-Scale Wildland Fire Risk Assessment-2008

Storey County

Storey County RCI Community Wildfire Risk/ Hazard Assessment-2005
Storey County Landscape-Scale Wildland Fire Risk Assessment-2008

Washoe County

Washoe County RCI Community Wildfire Risk/ Hazard Assessment-2005
Washoe County Landscape-Scale Wildland Fire Risk Assessment-2008

White Pine County

White Pine County RCI Community Wildfire Risk/ Hazard Assessment-2005
White Pine County Landscape-Scale Wildland Fire Risk Assessment-2008

Highlighted Projects

Northern Region
Ruby Lake Estates Project
In partnership with the United States Forest Service, Conservation Crews from Wells and Carlin began work on the Ruby Lake Estates project in October of 2020. Located on the Southeast side of the Ruby Mountains...
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Southern Region
Pinyon-Juniper Encroachment Project
This project improved sagebrush habitat and riparian health on approximately 300 acres by reducing the impact of encroaching conifers on sagebrush ecosystems...
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Statewide
NV Energy-SB 508 Initiative
This initiative will fund wildfire fuel reduction, wildfire suppression resources, and restoration/rehabilitation treatments across Nevada within or adjacent to NV Energy Service Areas...
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