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SWCA has nearly two decades of experience working with communities to collaboratively develop Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs), delivering cost-effective plans that are community-driven, scientifically sound, and aligned with the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy and the Healthy Forest Restoration Act (HFRA).  

Working with local, regional, state, federal, tribal, and non-government organizations, SWCA leads an inclusive planning process from inception to implementation. We engage in meaningful discussions with community leaders to learn about their values, concerns, and sense of place to create plans uniquely designed to meet their needs.  

We provide high-quality services to assist communities in planning for and managing wildland fire hazards, assessing risk, and providing communities with implementable projects that address hazardous fuels, potential structural ignitability, fire response capacity, and education and outreach. 

Our site-specific community risk and hazard assessments use federally recognized fire behavior modeling programs. Using GIS technologies and federal fire hazard rating systems, we assess local, mid-scale, and regional fire hazards, in the wildland urban interface (WUI) and across wider landscapes.   

Using Story Maps, Dashboards, and other GIS web mapping technology to effectively increase public engagement, our GIS experts can provide valuable geospatial and online products that are current and accessible.  

SWCA Community Wildfire Protection Plan Examples


City of Corona

Story Map & CWPP

In July 2021, SWCA released a story map to engage the public in the ongoing CWPP process for the City of Corona. The CWPP identifies priority areas where mitigation measures are needed to protect the city from irreplaceable life, property, and critical infrastructure losses because of wildfire.

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Santa Fe CWPP
New Mexico

Santa Fe County

Story Map

SWCA worked with Santa Fe County Fire Department to develop a Community Wildfire Protection Plan. The SWCA Team developed an interactive Story Map to increase engagement with the Santa Fe County public during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

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Valencia County CWPP
New Mexico

Valencia County


SWCA developed this CWPP to address the hazards and risks of wildland fire throughout Valencia County and make recommendations for fuel reduction projects, public outreach and education, structural ignitability reduction, and fire response capabilities.

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Pope County CWPP

Pope County


SWCA developed the Pope County CWPP, a county-level plan that evaluates wildfire threat to communities and infrastructure, and identifies measures that homeowners, land managers, and fire departments can take to reduce the impact of wildfire to life, property, and other community values at risk.

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