The CPAW Application Period is Closed

The application cycle for Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire (CPAW) program is now closed. We typically accept applications in the late summer or early fall of each year. Check back, or subscribe to our emails for updates. 

CPAW Services

CPAW works with communities to reduce wildfire risk through improved land use planning. Selected communities receive free, customized technical consulting services and training over the course of one year from CPAW’s team of professional land use planners, foresters, risk analysts, and researchers. Specific services may include detailed land use planning recommendations, hazard assessments, custom research, and training. Read more about what we do and the communities we’ve worked with to date.

CPAW assistance is voluntary and provided at the request of the local government. Local jurisdictions retain sole authority for implementation of land use planning recommendations provided through CPAW. CPAW services are provided at no cost to the community.

Applicant Eligibility

Any community in the United States can apply. Eligible jurisdictions include towns, cities, tribal communities, and counties with authority over local land use and zoning decisions. (Unincorporated communities require county application.) Only applications demonstrating support from both the community’s planning and fire departments will be considered. Communities should be willing to commit staff time and sign a Memorandum of Understanding, but communities are not responsible for any direct costs associated with CPAW.