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Community Wildfire Protection Plan

For the decades following the 1964 Hanley and Nuns fires, there were few large damaging wildfires in Sonoma County. This abruptly changed 2017 when the Sonoma Complex fires forever changed our county. Since then, every fire season has brought traumatic and devastating fires, and wildfire has become a day to day reality for county residents. In order to address this reality the County is undergoing the process of updating our Community Wildfire Protection Plan.

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What is a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)?

Defined in the United States Congress Healthy Forests Restoration Act (2003), the goal of the CWPP is to enhance efforts to protect communities, watersheds and other at-risk lands from catastrophic wildfire. A CWPP is not a regulatory document, but provides wildfire hazard and risk assessments, community descriptions, options for addressing issues of structural vulnerability to wildfire (Home Hardening), and provides a prioritized list of projects which, if implemented, can serve to reduce wildfire hazards.

A CWPP is one of the best tools we have to take strides to adapt our county to a wildfire-prone environment. The CWPP will contain hazard and risk analyses and, using a collaborative model, will suggest projects that can efficiently  reduce risk of loss of life, property loss, and environmental damage.

Read the 2016 CWPP at Fire Safe Sonoma.

Why is the County going through this process?

  1. The collaborative process will allow for stakeholders to participate in planning and prioritizing wildfire wildfire risk reduction projects. “Stakeholders” are those who face risk from wildfire, including, but by no means limited to:
    • Community members and groups
    • Fire departments 
    • County, Federal, State and local agencies 
    • Non-profits, Fire Safe Councils, community service organizations
    • Tribes
    • Large land managers
    • Agriculture
  2.  Collaborative planning will help the County adapt to wildfire by
    • Increasing “buy in” for wildfire risk reduction efforts
    • Building robust relationships between stakeholders
    • Increasing resource sharing and cooperation
    • Empowering communities to move forward to reduce risk
  3. The CWPP process will provide opportunities to share science-based assessments & GIS modeling with the community  to increase understanding of wildfire hazards and risks across landscapes and communities
  4. It provides opportunities for a variety of stakeholders to share views, define their own communities’ assets and values, and let their concerns be known.
  5. Having risk-reduction projects listed and prioritized in a CWPP can add weight to grant proposals, and help link projects to potential funders.

What are the requirements?

The Healthy Forest Restoration Act defined three requirements for a CWPP:

  1. Collaboration: Collaboratively developed with input from a large variety of stakeholders including but not limited to: community members, non-profit and other group cooperators, local agencies, state agencies, and federal agencies
  2. Prioritized Fuel Reduction: Identifies areas for hazardous fuel reduction and recommends types and methods of treatment
  3. Recommends: Measures to reduce structural ignitability in communities at risk to wildfire and describes modifications to buildings that can  reduce the chances that they will catch fire.

How do you get involved?

This process will include several community engagement activities including workshops, surveys, and comment submission. Once planned, these opportunities will be posted on this website and the Fire Prevention calendar. 

If you have questions about the CWPP process please contact Caerleon Safford at: PermitSonoma-WildfirePlan@sonoma-county.org