Community Wildfire Protection Plan
Community Wildfire Protection Plan
Teton County is a community at risk to wildfire and Jackson Hole Fire/EMS would like your input to help create a community resilient to wildfire. In collaboration with the Teton Area Wildfire Protection Coalition (TAWPC) and Jensen Hughes we will be revising our Community Wildfire Protection Plan. This plan helps identify and recommend measures that can reduce structural ignitability, prioritize fuel reduction treatments, and work towards overall community preparedness. We are seeking your input on wildfire concerns, highly valued resources, personal preparedness efforts, and general community awareness. Your participation will help implement a planning tool that will shape future wildfire mitigation programs. Let’s work together to keep our families, our homes, our firefighters, and our ecosystem safe.
Teton County has a risk of wildfire, higher than 84% of communities in the US.
(Source: WildfireRisk.org which is led by the USDA Forest Service)
Why a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)?
A 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 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.
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
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
Future Wildfire Risk
Values at Risk
Fall 2023 Mitigation and Resilience Strategy
Water supply and Watersheds
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