The purpose of this planning project is to engage communities in Routt County in developing a CWPP to guide wildfire preparedness and long-term mitigation activities.
The primary objectives for the plan as developed by the Routt County Wildfire Mitigation Council are the following:
1. Provide a local ground-truth assessment of values at risk, key vulnerabilities, and a wildland-urban interface map for Routt County.
2. Create an actionable and user-friendly wildfire mitigation and community resilience plan that prioritizes those communities determined to be at the most risk of wildfires.
3. Promote inclusive, countywide participation, including government agencies and private property communities, that results in a plan that reflects local and County needs and priorities.
4. Develop prioritized recommendations for specific and feasible actions, to include the following types:
- Forest management and ecosystem (e.g. watershed) protection and restoration
- Fuels treatment projects
- Other community resilience measures to improve public safety, to include but not limited to updated building and planning codes, multiple access and evacuation routes, and wildfire mitigation policies and standards.
- Education and outreach activities
- Critical infrastructure protection
- Strategic plans and partnerships
5. Identify a strategy for implementing recommendations that includes key considerations, roles and responsibilities, and potential funding and technical
6. Improve public awareness of wildfire risk, knowledge of effective risk reduction measures, and willingness to take and to support mitigation actions.
The Routt County Office of Emergency Management will coordinate the project and assign a project manager to work as the primary contact with the selected consultant team. The Routt County Wildfire Mitigation Council will provide guidance on the plan’s development along with a steering committee that has been formed to advise the project.