Woodside Fire Protection District selected for national wildfire planning assistance program
The Woodside Fire Protection District, including the towns of Woodside and Portola Valley, has been selected to receive wildfire planning assistance under the national Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire program (CPAW).
As wildfires increasingly impact communities across the country, CPAW provides communities with diverse services including land use planning recommendations, customized research, online tools, and other resources to integrate wildfire mitigation into the planning process. The goal of the CPAW program is to reduce wildfire threat to homes and businesses while increasing public safety and community welfare.
Participation in CPAW is voluntary and there is no cost to the community. This innovative program was founded in 2015 and is a program of the nonprofit Headwaters Economics. CPAW is funded through grants with the U.S. Forest Service and private foundations. To date, CPAW has worked with 75 communities across the country.
“Communities are increasingly taking action at the local level to address the complex challenges of wildfire. By proactively planning our homes and neigborhoods with wildfire in mind, we can reduce community risks and adapt to living with wildfire,” said Doug Green, CPAW Program Manager.