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New Report: Regulating the Wildland-Urban Interface—Three Case Studies from Colorado

Codes and regulations targeting the wildland-urban interface (WUI) can address a range of building, land use, and life safety topics, such as ignition-resistant construction materials, minimum fire protection standards for ingress, egress, and water supply, and...

New Wildfire Planning Resources from California

California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) published two new wildfire planning resources to support local agencies as they plan for wildfire at the community scale. Although the primary audiences for these resources are planners and other...

New Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) Guidelines for Colorado State

The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS), directed by the Colorado State Legislature through Senate Bill 09-001, released new minimum standards for development of Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs). CWPPs are documents that focus on identifying and mitigating...

Urgent Need for Wildfire Preparedness and Risk Reduction Funding

A new report, “Spreading like Wildfire: The Rising Threat of Extraordinary Landscape Fires,” published by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) found that the number of wildfires will rise by 50% by 2100. The report also found that governments are not...

CWPC’s Molly Mowery Interviewed by The Colorado Sun

CWPC Executive Director, Molly Mowery, was interviewed for the recent Colorado Sun Article, “Colorado doesn’t have a statewide fire-resistant construction requirement. In the Marshall fire’s wake, critics say it’s time.” The article highlights discrepancies in how...

CWPC Program Associate Interviewed by NPR

CWPC Program Associate Katie Oran was interviewed by NPR about what it’s like to have a “front row seat” to the climate crisis working as a wildfire planner at CWPC. The article, “Climate Change Is Making Natural Disasters Worse — Along With Our Mental Health” focused...

CWPC Identifies Significant Gap in Colorado Counties’ Master Plan Wildfire Policies

Community Wildfire Planning Center (CWPC) released an updated version of its report Land Use Planning Approaches in the Wildland-Urban Interface – An analysis of four western states: California, Colorado, Montana, and Washington. First published in February 2021, the...

CWPC Welcomes New Program Associate Katie Oran

CWPC is thrilled to announce that we recently expanded our team with a new program associate, Katie Oran.Katie is a California Native who is passionate about building a resilient future in a changing world. She will be working on a wide variety of CWPC projects to...

Canada Releases New National Guide for WUI fires

Canada now has a national guide for wildland-urban interface (WUI) fires. Published by the National Research Council Canada, this new resource provides guidance on hazard and exposure assessment, property protection, and community resilience and emergency planning to...

Molly Mowery Shares Perspective on Wildfires and Development in Colorado with 9News

Denver’s 9News takes a look at how there is no statewide guide book in place for building property in Colorado, despite the risks of wildfires. Read more about this issue and hear CWPC’s Executive Director Molly Mowery’s perspective on growth and how the state can...