FSC Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) – Overview and Maps


February 2021: The University City Fire Safe Council is currently working on its first Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). A CWPP application is reviewed and approved at both the County and State Fire Safe Council levels. A CWPP is a designed to prevent and prepare for both structure and wild fires. A completed and approved CWPP is required so that the University City Fire Safe Council becomes eligible to apply for and receive grants for fire prevention and preparation activities.

Fire Threat

Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP) are blueprints for preparedness at the neighborhood level. They organize a community’s efforts to protect itself against wildfire, and empower citizens to move in a cohesive, common direction. Among the key goals of a CWPP, which is developed collaboratively by citizens, and federal, state and local management agencies, are to:

  • Align with the with the local fire agency’s cohesive pre-fire strategy, which includes educating homeowners and building understanding of wildland fire, ensuring defensible space clearing and structure hardening, safeguarding communities through fuels treatment, and protecting evacuation corridors
  • Identify and prioritize areas for hazardous fuel reduction treatment
  • Recommend the types and methods of treatment that will protect the community
  • Recommend measures to reduce the ignitability of structures throughout the area addressed by the plan

The Community Wildfire Protection Plan begins with a Community Overview including documentation of Population, Landscape and Topography, Fire History, Key Infrastructure, Firefighting Resources, and Collaborators. The six focus areas of a Community Wildfire Protection Plan are:

  • Community Engagement & Education
  • Structural Hardening
  • Defensible Space
  • Fuels Treatment
  • Evacuation Planning
  • Other Mitigation & Preparedness Projects

Note: The CWPP is not to be construed as indicative of project “activity” as defined under the “Community Guide to the California Environmental Quality Act, Chapter Three, Projects Subject to CEQA.” Any actual project activities undertaken that meet this definition of project activity and are undertaken by the CWPP participants or agencies listed shall meet with local, state, and federal environmental compliance requirements. For more information from the Fire Safe Council of San Diego County about the CWPP process, visit  http://firesafesdcounty.org/

Maps abover are courtesy of the Resource Conservation District of San Diego County, sponsor of the University City Fire Safe Council; created October/November 2020.

Maps above are courtesy of the Planning Department of San Diego, from the University Community Existing Conditions Atlas 2018.