Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)

Overview

In June 2019, the City was awarded a $100,000 Cal Fire grant for the development of a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP), which identifies and prioritizes areas for hazardous fuel reduction treatments. The CWPP outlines an action plan that will protect at-risk communities and essential infrastructure from wildfire, as well as make recommendations to reduce structural ignitability throughout the community. Having a CWPP in place also increases the City's chances of securing grant funding to implement the recommended action items.

The City is in the process of developing a citywide CWPP, a community-based plan focused on identifying and addressing local hazards, risks, and vulnerabilities from wildfire. The CWPP will provide a roadmap of action items to help the community prevent, mitigate, respond, and recover from the potential wildfire threat. It may also assist the City and its partners in qualifying for State and federal funding opportunities to implement the plan.

View CWPP consultant Jensen Hughes’ presentation from the Stakeholder Workshops held on February 20 and 22, 2020.

CWPP Community Meeting

The City's Draft Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) was presented to the public during a virtual meeting on March 10, 2021. Video of the meeting is available on the City's YouTube channel

Answers to questions and comments submitted prior to and during the meeting may be found on the addendum and on CWPP frequently asked questions

The City's CWPP consultant presented the results of its work, including two public stakeholder meetings, an online community survey, studying the local fire history and fuels, simulations with various fire progression software applications, and numerous site surveys throughout the City. During the meetings, the public had the opportunity to comment and provide feedback on the Draft CWPP. 

CWPP SURVEY Results

The City's consultant conducted a CWPP online survey in June 2020 and received 250 responses. A summary report of the survey results was presented to the Public Safety Commission at its Regular meeting on August 5, 2020

ADDITIONAL CWPP INFORMATION

Additional information on the CWPP development process can be found in the CWPP Process Guide, the CWPP Community Guide, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). For reference, view the City of Montecito’s CWPP prepared by Jensen Hughes.