Enhance Public Benefits from Trees and Forests: Planning for and Reducing Wildfire Risks

Excerpted from the USDA Forest Service State and Private Forestry Farm Bill Requirement and Redesign Strategies (pdf):

Communities play an essential role in reducing the risks of catastrophic wildfire. State & Private Forestry programs assist communities in identifying wildfire risks, developing Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs), and promoting FIREWISE and other risk reducing policies and actions.

Some communities are especially prone to loss of life and property from wildfire. Local or state laws, regulations and ordinances, landowner attitudes and priorities, and public policies all play important roles in managing fire risk near communities. Assessments should identify communities where State and Private programs can substantially mitigate the risk of catastrophic wildfire occurrence and associated risks to human safety and property.

Assessments should incorporate existing CWPPs and identify communities in especially vulnerable areas that need a CWPP. Resource strategies should include a plan for effectively addressing those communities that are most at risk.

Chapter Overview

The analysis in Wildfire Threats to Ecosystem Health and Community Safety identifies priority communities at risk from wildfire. In this chapter, an analysis examines which of these priority communities have Community Wildfire Protection Plans, or are Firewise communities and several other criteria that can suggest the presence of community planning resources and experience.

Full Chapter

Download the Planning for and Reducing Wildfire Risks chapter (.pdf).
Note: References (.pdf) (for all chapters) and other information are found separately.


Download the methodology document (.pdf) for Planning for and Reducing Wildfire Risks.

Maps, Data and Tables

Note: These data are provided to document the various Assessment analyses, and to provide the potential to replicate results. Updated versions of these datasets may be available from the various data providers.

Evaluating Communities for Wildfire Risk
GIS Data (click to expand list)


  • For more information about Planning for and Reducing Wildfire Risks, please contact Jim Spero, 916.324.7185.

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