2019 Chelan County Community Wildfire Protection Plan available for public review. Deadline for comment is March 26.

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The purpose of the Chelan County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) is to reduce the impact of wildfire on Chelan County residents, landowners, businesses, communities, local governments, and state and federal agencies while maintaining appropriate emergency response capabilities and sustainable natural resource management policies.  The CWPP identifies high risk areas as well as recommend specific projects that may help prevent wildland fires from occurring altogether or, at the least, lessen their impact on residents and property.

A draft of the 279-page proposed plan can be accessed here.

Comments on the CWPP must be submitted to the attention of Brad Tucker, Northwest Management, Inc. at tucker@nmi2.com or mailed to Northwest Management, Inc., PO Box 9748, Moscow, Idaho 83843 by close of business on March 26th, 2019.  For more information on the Chelan County CWPP update process, contact Brad Tucker at 208-245-1920.

Comments can also be submitted here.

Working Collaboratively to Reduce Risk

Since 2003, the Cascadia Conservation District has been working with area residents, local fire districts, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, and the United States Forest Service to develop Community Wildfire Protection Plans, or CWPPs, for Chelan County communities along the wildland-urban interface.

CWPPs help at-risk communities address such issues as wildfire response, hazard mitigation, community preparedness, and structure protection. Completed CWPPs can be used by communities to acquire grant funding for wildfire prevention and protection projects. They can also be used to help direct management actions on adjoining public lands.

The Cascadia Conservation District has been able to assist in the development of CWPPs for the Lake Wenatchee, Leavenworth, Manson, Monitor to Peshastin, Peshastin Creek Drainage, Ponderosa, South Shore Lake Chelan, Squilchuck Valley, Stehekin and Union Valley communities. An independent contractor completed a CWPP for the Entiat River drainage.  All of the individual CWPPs helped to provide a foundation for the Chelan County Fire Plan that was compled in the fall of 2008.

Visit the Cascadia Conservation District webpage for more information on the Chelan County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) open comment period. March 26 is the deadline to provide comments.