Community Wildfire Protection Plan

The newly updated Routt County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) has been completed and is ready to view!

View the 2023 Routt County CWPP here.

Routt County would like to thank the entire Steering Committee who put hours of their time into completing this CWPP. A very special thank you goes out to the Colorado State Forest Service, the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, the Oak Creek Fire Protection District, the Routt County Wildfire Mitigation Council, and the US Forest Service for the final push to get this plan completed for the benefit of our community. We couldn't have done it without your time, effort, expertise, and technical abilities!

Contact Emergency Management to provide any feedback on the CWPP. Additional information on the implementation of projects identified in the CWPP will be shared when available.

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What is a Community Wildfire Protection Plan?

A Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) is a plan developed by local communities to guide long-term mitigation strategies across a defined area. A well-developed CWPP should include input from local governments and municipalities, fire protection districts, local utilities, State and Federal land managers, and local community members and organizations. To ensure this project is successful, Routt County pulled together a steering committee with representatives from many of these stakeholder groups to advise this project and ensure it meets the needs of our community.

A CWPP is not just a listing of fuel reduction projects. Instead, the CWPP gives us an assessment of our current landscape conditions and identifies and prioritizes our next steps.

This CWPP will guide the future of Routt County's wildfire preparedness and identify strategies for wildfire resilience and mitigation across our community. The CWPP will be adopted into the Routt County Hazard Mitigation Plan and will be subject to annual reviews and revision every five years.

Muddy Slide wildfire burns a forested area

The Muddy Slide Fire burned near the Stagecoach community in 2021. Photo courtesy David DeMorat, Emergency Operations Director.

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Project Goals

The primary goals of the Routt County CWPP are to: 

  1. Provide a local ground-truth assessment of values at risk, key vulnerabilities, and a wildland-urban interface map
  2. Create an actionable and user-friendly wildfire mitigation and community resilience plan that prioritizes communities determined to be at the most risk of wildfires
  3. Promote inclusive, county-wide participation that results in a plan reflecting local needs and priorities
  4. Develop recommendations for specific and feasible actions including:
    • Forest management and ecosystems protection and restoration
    • Fuels treatment projects
    • Measures to improve public safety
    • Education and outreach activities
    • Critical infrastructure projection
    • Strategic plans and partnerships
  5. Identify a strategy for implementing recommendations, including key considerations, roles and responsibilities, and potential funding and technical assistance opportunities 
  6. Improve public awareness of wildfire risk, knowledge of risk reduction measures, and willingness to take and support mitigation actions