August 4, 2023
Jim Webster, Wildfire Partners/
Boulder County Land Use
Boulder County Kicks Off Community Wildfire Protection Plan Update
Provide Input Via an Online Survey or a Community Open House
Boulder County, Colo. - Over the past few years, Boulder County has learned firsthand the importance of acting with urgency during a wildfire. The Community Planning & Permitting Wildfire Team is drawing on that knowledge, as well as pooling input, feedback and information from residents and community leaders, as it updates the county's Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).
The Boulder County CWPP will provide a wildfire hazard and risk assessment across the county and make recommendations for specific actions to reduce wildfire hazard to individual structures, communities, and critical infrastructure.
To identify and prioritize measures to protect life, property, and critical infrastructure in the wildland urban interface, the Boulder CWPP Core Team is partnering with the City of Boulder and Mountain View Fire Protection District as a unified effort in updating all of their CWPPs and in hosting open houses with stakeholders from city, county, municipal, and state experts. These events are for residents and community leaders to learn and provide input into all the CWPPs.
The interactive open houses will provide input on wildfire risks, challenges, and needs. Community members will have the opportunity to meet with a variety of organizations and individuals:
- Local fire protection districts
- Community agencies
- Experts on forest and grassland concerns
- Community Preparedness and Outreach & Education (i.e., Wildfire Partners program and the new Boulder County Outreach & Education program)
- Wildfire response and alert
Eight community engagement zones have been identified. Four zones encompass eastern communities and fire protection districts, and four zones encompass western communities and fire protection districts.
Along with the public events, the Boulder County CWPP Core Team has published a survey to collect input about hazard mitigation, wildfire response ability, community preparedness, and structural ignitability. Take the online survey.
Boulder County CWPP Open House Events
All events are free and open to the public.
City of Boulder (Zone C):
Where: City of Boulder Open Space Hub, 2520 55th St., Boulder
When: Saturday, August 5, 9-11 a.m.
Lafayette, Erie, Mountain View FPD, North Metro (Zone B)
Where: Town of Erie Townhall (subject to change) 645 Holbrook St., Erie
When: Wednesday, August 30, 6-7:30 p.m.
Allenspark, Big Elk Meadows, Pinewood Springs and Lyons (North Mountain Zone)
Where: TBD (Allenspark or Lyons)
When: Saturday, Sept. 16 9-11 a.m.
Nederland, Timberline and Coal Creek Canyon FPDs (South Mountain Zone)
Where: Nederland Community Center, 750 CO-72, Nederland
When: Saturday, Oct. 7, 9-11 a.m.
Longmont, Niwot, Gunbarrel, Berthoud, Boulder Rural FPD (Zone A)
Where: TBD (Boulder Rural FPD Station)
When: Feb/March 2024
Jamestown, Ward, Lefthand FPD, (Central North Mountain Zone)
When April/May 2024
Gold Hill, Sunshine, Sugarloaf, Four-Mile FPD (Central South Mountain Zone)
Where: TBD (Four Mile FPD Station)
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For more information, contact Meg Halford, Wildfire Team Forest and Grasslands Project Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-564-2843.