Community Wilfire Protection Plans: Enhancing Collaboration & Building Community Capacity

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FireCWPP/Community Fire Plan Preparation

Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) Handbook (PDF)

This Handbook is intended to provide communities with a concise, step-by-step guide to use in developing a CWPP. It addresses, in a straightforward manner, issues such as who to involve in developing a plan, how to convene other interested parties, what elements to consider in assessing community risks and priorities, and how to develop a mitigation or protection plan to address those risks.

Examples of Community Wildfire Protection Plans:

Mapping of Fire-Prone Ecosystems

Fire Regime Condition Class (FRCC)

FRCC is an interagency, standardized tool for determining the degree of departure from reference condition vegetation, fuels and disturbance regimes. Assessing FRCC can help guide management objectives and set priorities for treatments.


Landfire is a 5-year, multi-partner wildland fire, ecosystem, and fuel mapping project that will generate consistent, comprehensive, landscape-scale maps and data describing vegetation, fire, and fuel characteristics across the United States.

WUI Mapping and Other Related Projects

North Central Research Station Wildland User Interface (WUI) Mapping

The NCRS has mapped and analyzed the size and extent of the WUI across the United States from 1940 and looking ahead to 2030 to help policy makers, managers, state agencies, and communities reduce current wildfire hazards and plan for the future.

TNC Fire Learning Network

The U.S. Fire Learning Network engaging dozens of multi-agency, community-based projects in a process that accelerates the restoration of landscapes that depend on fire to sustain native plants and animals. The network is a joint project of the Nature Conservancy's Global Fire Initiative, the USDA Forest Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior.


List of State Forestry Websites

The National Association of State Foresters is a non-profit organization that represents the directors of the State Forestry agencies. Their website provides links to many state forestry websites.

Western Forestry Leadership Coalition

The Western Forestry Leadership Coalition is a state and federal partnership. It creates a clear voice on forestry in the West, allows close coordination, optimizes efficient delivery of programs, and strengths our ability to address pertinent issues.

Western Governors Association (WGA) Forest Health Initiative

The WGA initiative on restoring and maintaining fire-prone ecosystems has a detailed website of information. This website includes a report from a health forest advisory committee and sub-group summary documents on forest and rangeland health collaboration in the West.

Programmatic and Institutional Monitoring

National Fire Plan

The National Fire Plan was developed in August 2000, following a landmark wildland fire season, with the intent of actively responding to severe wildland fires and their impacts to communities while ensuring sufficient firefighting capacity for the future. The NFP addresses five key points: Firefighting, Rehabilitation, Hazardous Fuels Reduction, Community Assistance, and Accountability.

Community Capacity and the Environment

Resource Innovations, a research collaboration between the Resource Innovation Group and the University of Oregon, provides a program that focuses on building capacity in rural and underserved communities to address wildfire protection, increasing awareness about the relationship between wildfire and rural poverty, and providing resources for community efforts in fire and forest restoration.

Related Research Products

National Wildfire Programs Database

The national database of state and local wildfire hazard mitigation programs serves as a clearinghouse of information about nonfederal policies and programs that seek to reduce the risk of loss of life and property through the reduction of hazardous fuels on private lands.

Partnership Resource Center

The Partnership Resource Center provides the online resources needed for building vibrant partnerships and effective collaboration on the nation's forests, grasslands, and other special places. Their website is a joint project of the National Forest Foundation and the USDA Forest Service.

North Central Research Station Community Preparedness for Wildfire

Reseachers visited 16 communities across the U.S. to identify steps they have taken to increase community wildland fire preparedness, and the social foundation necessary to support this action. This site contains 4-page case study summaries for each community.

Knowledge Transfer

Front Range Fuels Treatment Partnership

Colorado's Front Range Fuels Treatment Partnership is an interagency program that reduces wildland fire risks through fuels treatments that are economically feasible, socially acceptable and ecologically sustainable.

Joint Fire Science Program

The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP), a partnership of six Federal wildland and fire and research organizations, was established in 1998 to provide scientific information and support for fuel and fire management programs.

Fire Research And Management Exchange System (FRAMES)

The goal of FRAMES is to be an effective mechanism for wildland fire technology and information transfer.

Rocky Mountain Wildland Fire Information

This site is a "one-stop" fire education source for wildland fire communicators. It is dedicated to providing a widely accessible source of information that promotes the improvement of wildland and watershed health and sustainability in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain area.