Planning for wildfires must take place long before a community is threatened. Once a wildfire starts, the only option available to firefighters is to attempt to suppress the fire before it reaches a community. Texas A&M Forest Service has developed a user-friendly set of guides and tools – the Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) – to aid communities that wish to reduce the risk wildfires pose to the homes, businesses and natural resources. A CWPP is unique in that it empowers communities to share the responsibility of determining the best strategies for protecting a community and allows communities to make informed choices to decrease the hazards around them.
Texas A&M Forest Service WUI Specialists will serve as technical advisors to counties and communities wanting to develop a CWPP and will review plans to aid in development.