Teton County has a HIGH risk of wildfire, higher than 84% of communities in the US.

(Source:  WildfireRisk.org which is led by the USDA Forest Service)


Fire fight up hill with helicopter hovering above


Why a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)?

Community Wildfire Protection Plan is a means of bringing local solutions to wildfire management.  It is a plan created by the community, in collaboration with emergency responders, planners, and land management agencies.  The CWPP will identify and prioritize areas for fuel reduction treatments, methods to protect at-risk communities, and measures to reduce structural ignitability.  During this revision process we will be looking at wildfire response, hazard mitigation, community preparedness, and wildfire risk. 

Wildfire risk is based on several factors. Understanding which factors affect our community can help identify strategies to reduce our risk.

Risk to homes

Risk to homes measures the relative consequence of wildfire to residential structures everywhere on the landscape, whether a home actually exists there or not. We must consider wildfire risk in places with homes in addition to places where new construction is proposed.


Exposure is the intersection of wildfire likelihood and intensity with communities. Communities can be directly exposed to wildfire from adjacent wildland vegetation, or indirectly exposed to wildfire from embers and home-to-home ignition.  Populated areas in Teton County are predominatly exposed to wildfire from indirect sources. 

Wildfire likelihood

Wildfire likelihood is the probability of wildfire burning in any given year. At the community level, wildfire likelihood is averaged where housing units occur.  Wildfire likelihood can be difficult to modify but we modify our home ignition zones to reduce the likelihood of structure ignition. 

Vulnerable populations

Social and economic factors can make it more difficult for some people to prepare for, respond to, and recover from wildfire. Vulnerable populations may lack access to resources, experience cultural and institutional barriers, have limited mobility, or have medical conditions exacerbated by stress or smoke. Equitable risk reduction strategies will be addressed throughout the course of this revision process. 







Jackson Hole Fire/EMS has received funding from Wyoming State Forestry and will be working with Jensen Hughes to revise this plan.  Public outreach events will be posted on this site, our social media,  as well as http://tawpc.org. We look forward to the community's collaboration on this very important update.

October 2021 WSWUI Grant Application Submitted


October 2022 Grant awarded, RFP for Consulting firms advertised

Fall/Winter 2022 Proposal Review committee selected, recommendations made to Fire Chief

February 2023 Board of County Commissioners accept recommendation to contract with Jensen Hughes


Spring 2023 Task 1- Organize Resources and Review Existing Information

Organize Resources

Stakeholder Participation

Action Plan

Data, Programs and Report Inventory

June 2023- Public Outreach

Public Meetings to occur June 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 at

Jackson: TC Library June 5th

Moran: The Hatchet June 6th

Alta:  Alta Library June 7th

Wilson:  Wilson Schoolhouse June 8th 

Hoback:  Munger Mountain Elementary School June 9th



Summer 2023- Wildfire Risk Assessment

History of Fire Activity

Fire Behavior

WUI Designation

Future Wildfire Risk

Values at Risk

Fall 2023 Mitigation and Resilience Strategy

Response Capabilities

Mitigation Projects

Structure Ignitability

Fuels Treatment

Evacuation Planning

Public Education

Water supply and Watersheds

Implementation Planning


Winter 2023/2024 Draft Plan Submitted

Stakeholder and Public input to be collected on draft version of Plan

Summer 2024 Plan Acceptance and Implementation

Plan to be presented for authorization from:

Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Chief

Wyoming State Forester

Town of Jackson Mayor

Board of County Commissioners Chairperson