Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) toolkit

Wildland Urban Interface toolkit: Planning

Learn about Community Wildfire Protection Plans

The incentive for communities to engage in wildfire protection planning and prioritization was given new emphasis with the enactment of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act (HFRA) in 2003. The resources below provide communities with the information they need to develop a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).

Best Management Practices for Creating a Community Wildfire Protection Plan PDF 2.7 MB

Communities can learn a great deal from the experiences of those who have developed CWPPs before them. In this publication, best management practices are identified for 13 communities in eight states.

Beyond the Basics — Best Practices in Local Mitigation Planning

Includes examples of local hazard mitigation plans that are considered to be best practices based on research.

Forests and Rangelands

This website contains an overview of CWPPs and links to guidance on preparing and implementing plans.

Healthy Forests Initiative and Healthy Forests Restoration Act: Interim Field Guide

This guide will help your community to understand the benefits of having a CWPP. The HFRA encourages the development of these plans and outlines their contents.

Integrating Community Wildfire Protection Plans and Natural Hazards Mitigation Plans PDF 696 KB

These plans benefit communities striving to reduce risk to natural hazards. This document highlights their benefits, identifies relevant enabling policy, and showcases methods for integrating wildfire protection and natural hazard mitigation plans.

Prepare and Implement a CWPP

Establishing and maintaining a CWPP depends on widespread collaboration among landowners, emergency response agencies, and federal, state and local officials. This guide offers innovative strategies, case studies and other resources to improve coordination and communication among stakeholders as they develop, implement and monitor the success of a CWPP.

Preparing a Community Wildfire Protection Plan: A Handbook for Wildland-Urban Interface Communities PDF 680 KB

This handbook provides communities with a concise, step-by-step guide to use in developing a CWPP. It addresses 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.

Land use planning

Land Use Planning is a process by which a governing authority determines uses and regulations for land within its jurisdiction in order to determine what type of development will be allowed under what conditions. Visit the Colorado Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal and read the Highway 31 Fire after action report for additional information.

Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire (CPAW) program

Funded by the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, this program provides technical assistance to towns, cities, counties, municipalities and other eligible communities seeking to address their wildfire challenges through land use planning tools. Planning assistance comes at no charge, but communities must apply through a competitive process.

Long-Term Recovery Planning: Where We Started (Learning Exchange Summary)

This learning exchange focused on how to foster long-term recovery after a wildfire. Twenty participants (including county planners, business owners, public works officials, emergency managers and non-profit directors) participated in the exchange, exploring how to best cultivate community disaster resilience.

Planning resources from FEMA

Hazard mitigation planning

This page provides resources for state, tribal, local officials and other parties engaged in developing and implementing hazard mitigation plans.