The Updated CWPP is Ready for Community Review!

The Coal Creek Canyon Fire Protection District (CCCFPD or District) is happy to invite you to review the updated Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). This CWPP is an amazing resource for residents in the District, to understand the wildfire risks we face and come together to take action to mitigate those risks. Follow these links to see the CWPP and PLEASE fill out the short survey when you have finished your review!
CWPP: https://emberalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/CoalCreekCanyonFPD_2024CWPP_DRAFT_PublicReview.pdf
Survey: https://forms.office.com/r/tS73xp2tPV
You can also go to the fire department’s Community Outreach Team website at www.CoalCreekCWPP.org or the CCCFPD website at www.coalcreekcanyonfd.org for links to the CWPP and survey. Community review of the CWPP will be active from March 25 to April 7. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey as well. Your feedback is still very important to us!
The CWPP presents the most up-to-date scientific analysis of the wildfire risks we face right here in Coal Creek Canyon. The new era of climate change and mega wildfires has given fire behavior scientists a vast new pool of data, and actual on-the-ground results, of wildfire in the forest and grasslands where we live. The Colorado State Forest Service recently updated its predictive fire mapping system, CO-WRA, to include the risks associated with unmitigated grasslands. Ours is one of the first CWPPs in Colorado to use the updated maps, and the resulting document is very impressive.
What is in the CWPP?
The planning document fully explains what it means to live safely in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) and how our communities can become “fire adapted”… from the front door to the forest.
·      The District was divided into 15 Plan Units, each was assessed for risks and specific recommendations were made to mitigate those risks. To find your Plan Unit visit www.CoalCreekCWPP.org
·      Many of the evacuation roads in the District have sections identified as non-survivable in a wildfire situation, and maps in the CWPP clearly show those dangerous sections.
·      A thorough study of predicted evacuation road congestion and pinch points will help residents understand how long it may take to get everyone out of the District ahead of a moving fire front. This will enable CCC residents to adequately plan for a safe evacuation.
·      Doing effective fire mitigation in the Home Ignition Zone (HIZ) can significantly improve the odds that your home will still be standing after a wildfire. The CWPP outlines actions which can be taken by residents to harden their homes and create defensible space.
·      A comprehensive analysis of predicted post-fire flooding and sediment delivery is also included.
·      Priority projects to be implemented in the next 5 years are identified.
The CCCFPD has worked diligently with The Ember Alliance to produce a CWPP for all residents in the District. In the year-long process, District Fire Chief Garret Ball, and CCCFPD Board of Directors member, Jody Dickson, have been supported by a CWPP Core Team of representatives from Boulder Watershed Collective, Blue Mountain Forest Stewardship Initiative, Saws and Slaws, Gilpin County CSU Extension, Colorado State Forest Service, Jefferson County Open Space, US Forest Service, and Colorado Department of Transportation. The process included gathering the input and concerns from folks living here in the District, through a resident survey and community focus group meetings, to ensure that community input was fully considered in the focus of the CWPP.
Please remember: Implementation of recommendations in the CWPP is left solely to the discretion of the individual property owners. If residents choose to do the work outlined in the CWPP, the CCCFPD Community Outreach Team can help with everything from forming a local fire mitigation group, to finding funding possibilities, to selecting certified contractors.
For more information, and to sign up to get email notifications of CWPP news, visit our website at www.CoalCreekCWPP.org. Concerned residents are already forming fire mitigation groups in many of the 15 CWPP Plan Unit communities within the Fire District. Give us your street address when you sign up and we can send you information specific to your Plan Unit.

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