Community Wildfire Protection Plan Final Draft 

Building the Final Draft of the Humboldt County Community Wildfire Protection Plan!

Under the guidance of the Humboldt County Fire Safe Council (HCFSC), the Humboldt County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) update has been under way since early 2017. This web-page will host the Final Draft CWPP as it is developed. Feedback, received as part of the public review process, is being incorporated and final daft sections of the plan will be posted here as they are ready. The Final CWPP update will be complete in early 2019.   

Questions? Get in touch with at (707) 267-9542. 

We thank you for your assistance and contributions to this CWPP Update!

Planning Team: Cybelle Immitt, Tracy Katelman, Julia Cavalli, Soledad Diaz, and Kathy Glass.

Timeline

  • In early 2019, the final draft plan will be certified as meeting the requirements of a CWPP by the four key signatories: HCFSC, Humboldt County Fire Chiefs’ Association, CAL FIRE, and the County of Humboldt Board of Supervisors.
  • Once the CWPP is certified it will be used to guide action for the following five years. 

Table of Contents (PDF)

Parts 1, 2, and 3 (PDF)

Part 1 – Background and Introduction (PDF)

Part 1 provides an overview of what a CWPP is, why it’s necessary, and its audience. It describes the process used to develop this edition of Humboldt County’s CWPP and delivers a progress report on the actions implemented since the 2013 CWPP.

Part 2 – Risk Assessment Summary (PDF)

Part 2 is a summary of the risk assessment detailed in Part 5, including a table of identified issues and priority needs for each of the four chapters of Part 5. The issues and needs identified in the risk assessment informed the priority actions in Part 3. It is assumed that a basic understanding of local wildfire risks and hazards will inspire Humboldt County residents to prepare for the eventuality of wildfire here.

Part 3 – Countywide Action Plan

Part 3 is divided into six chapters based on the goals in section 1.1.2 above. Each chapter identifies a set of metrics and priority actions to meet the goals and objectives of the HCFSC over the next five years. It is designed as the five year, strategic work plan for the HCFSC to guide its actions and measure its success. A more detailed version of each action plan, including potential action steps, is found in Appendix O.  

Part 3 Table of Contents (PDF)

3.0    Countywide Action Plan Introduction (PDF)

3.1   Wildfire Ignition Prevention (PDF)

3.2   Wildfire Preparedness (PDF)

3.3   Disaster Preparedness (PDF)

3.4   Fire Protection (PDF)

3.5   Restoration of Beneficial Fire (PDF)

3.6   Integrated Planning (PDF)

Part 4 – Planning Unit Action Plans

Part 4 contains local information on fire risks and preparedness for each of the 14 planning units within Humboldt County; functioning as a “mini-CWPP” for each. Each Planning Unit Action Plan includes a brief introduction to the planning area, discusses its wildfire environment, community preparedness, wildfire-protection capabilities, and evacuation issues and options, concluding with a list of Priority Action Recommendations. Additionally, potential actions organized by the CWPP goals identified in section 1.1.2 above are included in an Action Catalogue for each.

Not sure which one is your planning unit? Take a look at the Fire Planning Units map.

4.0   Introduction

4.1   Orick–Redwood Park (PDF) (maps pending)

4.2   Upper Yurok Reservation (PDF) (maps pending)

4.3   Mid Klamath (PDF) (maps pending)

4.4   Hoopa (PDF) (maps pending)

4.5   Trinidad (PDF) (maps pending)

4.6   Redwood Creek - Action Plan and Maps pending. Please check back soon or request to be notified.

4.7   Willow Creek Area (PDF) (maps pending)

4.8   Humboldt Bay Area (PDF) (maps pending)

4.9   Kneeland–Maple Creek (PDF) (maps pending) 

4.10 Eel (PDF) (maps pending)

4.11 Mad–Van Duzen - Action Plan and Maps pending. Please check back soon or request to be notified.

4.12 Mattole–Lost Coast - Action Plan and Maps pending. Please check back soon or request to be notified.

4.13 Southern Humboldt - Action Plan and Maps pending. Please check back soon or request to be notified.

4.14 Avenue of the Giants (PDF) (maps pending)

Part 5 – Risk Assessment Detail 

Part 5 describes the planning-area context in a qualitative assessment of the factors that contribute to wildfire in Humboldt County. It explores issues such as structural ignitibility, marijuana production, sudden oak death, and climate change, and their impact to local wildfire risk. It includes detailed information on what is at risk, fire history and behavior, response capacity, and community preparedness in the face of wildfire.

5.1  Assets and Values at Risk (PDF)

5.2  Wildfire Environment (PDF)

5.3  Wildfire-Protection Capabilities (PDF)

5.4  Community Preparedness (PDF)

Part 6 - Appendices

Part 6 contains background and supporting information for the rest of the plan. The main body of the CWPP was streamlined as part of this latest update to make it more user-friendly and accessible to a wider audience. However, there are details that the HCFSC did not want to lose; those are now found in the appendices.

A. CWPP Requirements (PDF)

B. Planning Process Details (PDF)

C. Accomplishments Since Last Plan (PDF)

D. Background Information for Assets and Values at Risk (PDF)

E. Background for Wildfire Environment (PDF)

F. Climate Research (PDF)

G. Background for Wildfire Protection (PDF)

H. Living with Wildfire (PDF)

I. Regulations and Compliance (PDF)

J. Humboldt County State Responsibility Area (SRA) Fire-Safe Regulations (PDF)

K. Public Resource Code (PRC) 4291 (PDF)

L. Acronyms (PDF)

M. Glossary (PDF)

N. References (PDF)

O. Countywide Action Plan with Action Steps

O.1 Wildfire Ignition Prevention (PDF)

O.2 Wildfire Preparedness (PDF)

O.3 Disaster Preparedness (PDF)

O.4 Fire Protection (PDF)

O.5 Restoration of Beneficial Fire (PDF)

O.6 Integrated Planning (PDF)