Citizens of Humboldt County are being invited by the County of Humboldt, the Humboldt County Fire Safe Council (HCFSC), the Humboldt County Fire Chiefs’ Association, and state and federal collaborators to review and give their comments on the recently released Public Review Draft of the Humboldt County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) Update. The comment period will be open until Thursday, January 31, 2013.
Click here for a .pdf version of the Public Review Draft.
The complete press release from the Humboldt County Natural Resources Planning/Humboldt County Fire Safe Council, dated Dec. 7, 2012, can be read below:
The County of Humboldt, the Humboldt County Fire Safe Council (HCFSC), the Humboldt County Fire Chiefs’ Association, and state and federal collaborators invite the public to review and comment on the recently released Public Review Draft of the Humboldt County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) Update. The Draft CWPP can be accessed through the HCFSC Home Page at: http://www.co.humboldt.ca.us/natural-resources/fire_safe_council/. The primary purpose of this review is for residents and stakeholders to fact check and evaluate the CWPP for technical errors or omissions. The comment period will be open until Thursday, January 31, 2013.
This CWPP is relevant to all Humboldt County residents, especially those living in high wildfire hazard areas. Valuable information for this update was gathered through a series of community workshops and HCFSC meetings. It is hoped that the updated CWPP will inspire action and give Humboldt County communities a competitive advantage for wildfire mitigation funding.
CWPPs are a vehicle for communities to identify priority actions to mitigate damage from wildfires and overall fire safety on both private and public lands. They make recommendations to address identified community needs with regards to prevention, preparedness, mitigation, and wildfire response. The Humboldt County CWPP process involved extensive collaboration between organized groups of residents, as well as local, state, and federal agencies. This program is sponsored by the County of Humboldt, guided by the HCFSC, and supported by funding from the United States Forest Service.
It is not a matter of if wildfires will occur in Humboldt County, but when. However, a wildfire does not have to be a disaster. It is possible to prepare for wildfire in such a way as to minimize impacts on life, property, and the community as a whole. The updated CWPP provides information about what can be done and how to do it. Local residents can improve their odds of surviving a wildfire by getting to know this plan! The public review period will end on Thursday, January 31, 2013. During the months of February and March the HCFSC and County Staff will review and consider feedback from the public and revise the Draft CWPP. In April, the Final Draft CWPP will be presented to the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, the Humboldt County Fire Chiefs’ Association, and CAL FIRE for their approval.