Santa Clara County Community Wildfire Protection Plan
Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)?

A CWPP is a Community Wildfire Protection Plan designed to identify wildfire risks and hazards to communities and develop recommendations to address that risk.

What is the purpose of a CWPP?

This strategic plan serves to protect life, property, and the environment by enabling local agencies to prioritize the placement and maintenance of shaded fuel breaks, fuel reduction programs, and public education campaigns. Many projects are active under this plan, including chipping programs, special needs assistance programs, defensible space, roadside fuels reduction, private landowner fuel breaks, defensible space inspection programs, and identification of evacuation routes.

Where can I find the current 2016 Santa Clara County CWPP?

You can find the current 2016 CWPP document on the Santa Clara County Fire Department website here: 

Why is the 2016 CWPP considered a final draft version?

The most recent Santa Clara County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) final draft was completed in August 2016 and couldn’t be approved before the Loma Fire started in September 2016. With the Loma Fire burning 4,474 acres before the CWPP could be approved, many priority fire prevention projects identified in various CWPP Annexes became no longer applicable. Representatives from Santa Clara County Fire Department (SCCFD) and CAL FIRE then agreed to postpone the approval and adoption process until the affected portions of the CWPP could be updated. 

What area of Santa Clara County is included?

The project scope includes all of Santa Clara County, a land mass of roughly 1,290 square miles and the home for more than 1.9M inhabitants. However, like most CWPPs, the primary focus of this project will be on the WUI (Wildland Urban Interface) regions of the County, and specifically, the western boundary with Midpeninsula Region Open Space and Santa Clara County Open Space Authority lands, the eastern section and boundary with many city, county and state parks, and the southern areas where open spaces and large landowners are common.

What type of approach is being taken for Risk Assessment and Hazard Risk Index Analysis?

We will be refining the mitigation strategies, but performing an all-new Risk Assessment and Hazard Risk Index analysis based on the latest tools, mapping data and modeling capabilities available—where the wildfire risks are greatest. 

This highly advanced scientific approach is used to characterize the wildfire risk hazards in finer detail than ever before available, including enhanced lifeform analysis, that will serve to guide all new and refined mitigation strategies outlined in the final product.

Who is funding it?

CAL FIRE has awarded a $250,000 grant to the Santa Clara County FireSafe Council (SCCFSC) to lead the 2022/2023 Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) update.