Property assessment programs based on home ignition zone science can reduce damage to homes and their immediate surroundings during a wildfire. These programs empower local residents to take direct action on their properties. CWPC has developed the technology to power property assessment programs by providing the database, mobile application, and other data collection and management tools that link and organize assessment data. Our signature property assessment program is REALFire®, which is being implemented in Eagle County through the Eagle County Sustainability Communities Department and is supported by the Vail Board of REALTORS. REALFire® also powers similar programs, including the Elk Creek and Evergreen Fire Protection Districts’ Wildfire Prepared program and Boulder County’s Wildfire Partners program. As part of its work with communities on these programs, CWPC also offers training and ongoing support.
Following the Lake Christine Fire, CWPC conducted a post-fire analysis to assess the effectiveness of mitigation on several properties affected or threatened by the fire. The results of the analysis show that homes which survived the Lake Christine Fire can be attributed to a combination of successful suppression and mitigation actions. Read the full report here.
CWPC conducted a four-state analysis of California, Colorado, Montana, and Washington to examine how each state’s land use planning framework addresses the WUI. The report aims to increase understanding of legislative and policy barriers and opportunities to reducing wildfire risk in communities through land use planning. Five overarching solutions focus on improving state-level hazard planning legislation, increasing capacity-building and learning opportunities, cross-pollinating wildfire best practices with other hazards, integrating land use planning and WUI expertise, and dedicating long-term resources to tackle these complex issues. CWPC thanks the Hewlett Foundation for their generous support of this research. Read the full report.
Land Use Planner Trainings in California
CWPC is the recipient of a California Climate Investments Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Program Grant to develop a Land Use Planner Training for planners in California. The development of the training is underway and CWPC will be working in collaboration with project partners to launch the training in 2021. More information and future resources will be available on this website.