Humboldt County Community Wildfire Protection Plan

Maintaining a Community Wildfire Protection Plan

One of the core responsibilities of the Humboldt County Fire Safe Council (FSC) is to oversee the maintenance and implementation of the Community Wildfire Protection Plan. The plan is generally updated every five years and, in order to be certified, it must meet the standards of a CWPP under the Healthy Forests Restoration Act (HFRA).

A CWPP, as defined by the Healthy Forest Restoration Act (HFRA), is a plan for a community at risk that:

  1. Is developed collaboratively.
  2. Identifies and prioritizes fuel reduction projects.
  3. Recommends measures to reduce the ignitability of structures. 

2017 – 2019 Community Wildfire Protection Plan Update

The County of Humboldt and the FSC recently completed the update of the 2013 CWPP.

  • The CWPP update process began in early 2017 and was completed in January 2019.
  • This planning process was funded by a grant from the State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fund.
  • The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, CAL FIRE, and the Humboldt County Fire Chiefs' Association certified that the updated plan meets all the standards listed under the HFRA.
  • The entirety of the plan is available on the 2019 CWPP webpage.
  • Email Cybelle Immitt to be added to the stakeholder mailing list and to learn about how you can get involved.

CWPP History

The original Humboldt County CWPP was called the Humboldt County Master Fire Protection Plan (MFPP). The need for a countywide fire plan was born out of the Humboldt County General Plan update (GPU) process. During the GPU community-scoping meetings, members of the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors and county planners heard from community members that there were serious challenges in rural areas related to local fire protection. In addition, the destructive wildfire season of 2002 led to a statewide mobilization encouraging all Californians to make their homes, neighborhoods, and communities fire safe. These factors, combined with the availability of outside funding, provided the motivation for the county to draft its first fire plan under the guidance of the Humboldt County Fire Safe Council, which was formed for this purpose. The effort brought together for the first time local Fire Safe Councils (FSCs), fire departments, and other key players in wildfire management and community protection at the countywide scale.

The first update of the Humboldt County CWPP began in 2012 and was completed in 2013. This version included significant changes, including organization of the County into 13 planning units.

The current CWPP is the second update, or third version of the Humboldt County plan. Update collaborators streamlined the document to make it more useful for local fire protection practitioners and other plan partners. Metrics were added to the Action Plans, and potential implementation steps and outcomes were defined for each priority action to facilitate their successful completion over the next five years. A fourteenth planning unit (Avenue of the Giants) was carved out of the Southern Humboldt Unit to facilitate planning in these two distinct areas.

Check out the 2019 Humboldt County CWPP for further details on the plan's history (pg. 1-7) and so much more!

Increasing Fire Safety

The Humboldt County Fire Safe Council (FSC) is continuing to build upon efforts to increase fire safety and is providing guidance for implementing specific measures listed in the plan. If you have input and/or skills that will be valuable to the success of this program, please contact the FSC. Thanks to all of you who contributed to the plan development process!

If you have questions or comments about the CWPP please email Cybelle Immitt or call her at 707-267-9542.