Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District Seeks Grower Input on Wildfire Protection Plan

  • Jan 10, 2020

The Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District is in the process of updating its Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) and is hosting community workshops and posting an online survey to gather input from the community.

A CWPP is a collaborative process designed with input from the community in partnership with government agencies. The CWPP must identify and prioritize areas for hazardous fuel-reduction treatments and recommend measures that homeowners and communities can take to reduce the ignitability of structures.

A CWPP is designed to describe wildfire hazards and mitigation measures specific to a community. The plan also can play a role in securing federal funding. The advantages of a CWPP include:

  • Identifying community-specific wildfire hazards
  • Prioritize community assets (homes, roads, wildlife habitats, etc.) and develop action plans to mitigate wildfire risk
  • Helps build relationships within the community that can improve how the community responds to wildfire risks, prevention and recovery
  • CWPP fuel-reduction projects are eligible to receive priority funding and implementation by federal agencies
  • CWPP fuel-reduction projects that require California Environmental Quality Act compliance can be expedited

It is important to note that the CWPP is a community plan that must be developed with input from the community. Interested growers and community members are encouraged to complete the online survey (which will be published in the next few months). Workshops held in January, as well as online survey responses, will allow community members to identify the specific needs of the community and provide input concerning the CWPP.

Interested parties also can review the Preparing a Community Wildfire Protection Plan handbook or the Community Guide to Preparing and Implementing a CWPP.

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