Powell County, Montana is developing a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) to be completed no later than April 30th, 2021.

The Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) is a tool designed for at-risk wildland- urban interface (WUI) communities to pre-plan and improve their capability to negate or survive wildfire. The CWPP content must fulfill three stipulations of the United States Healthy Forests Restoration Act (HFRA) of 2003. The HFRA provides funding for wildland-urban interface mitigation/defensibility improvements in communities at-risk to wildfire if they fulfill the following:

  • Develop a CWPP collaboratively with local government, local fire department(s), and the MT DNRC, in consultation with interested parties and the Federal land management agencies managing land in the vicinity of the at-risk community;
  • Identify and prioritize areas for hazardous fuel reduction treatments and recommend the types and methods of treatment on Federal and non- Federal land that will protect one or more at-risk communities and essential infrastructure; and
  • Recommend measures to reduce structural ignitability throughout the at- risk community.

Interested groups wanting to contribute pertinent and valid information in this matter may contact the Powell County Planning Department. Information and recommendations received will be carefully evaluated for relevance before being included in the final document. Submissions should be received no later than April 16th and should be addressed to:

Powell County Planning Department
Attn: Scott Hazelton
409 Missouri Ave., Suite 114
Deer Lodge, MT  59722
Or E-mailed to: shazelton@powellcountymt.gov

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