The CPAW program provides communities with training, custom research, and technical resources to improve land use planning in the wildland-urban interface. Explore some of our materials on this page.
- CPAW Overview. A one-page summary of CPAW, including a map of where we work
- Land Use Planning Tools to Reduce Wildfire Risk (“Firetopia”) infographic
- CPAW Program Report 2018
- CPAW Accomplishments as of December 2017
- Land Use Planning Reduces Wildfire Risk. A two-page handout explaining how land use planning can help reduce wildfire risk
- Stakeholder Outreach Guide. Guidance for communities on how to engage stakeholders in the CPAW process
- Wildfire Hazard Assessment for Land Use Planning. A two-page summary of what wildfire hazard assessments are, how they are developed, and the process of developing hazard assessments in the CPAW program
- Why conduct wildfire risk assessments? A white paper that explains how risk assessments can encourage and inform better land use planning to reduce wildfire risk
Research & Reports
- Building a Wildfire-Resistant Home: Codes and Costs. A study by Headwaters Economics for CPAW documents the cost to construct a new home using wildfire-resistant building materials and design features is roughly the same as a typical home.
- Full Community Costs of Wildfire. A report by Headwaters Economics for CPAW finds that almost half the full community costs of wildfire are paid for at the local level, including homeowners, businesses, and government agencies.
- Communities Threatened by Wildfire, 2000-2017. An interactive map of communities that experienced wildfire within ten miles or less, produced by Headwaters Economics.
- Does Insurance Affect Home Development on Wildfire-Prone Lands? A report by Headwaters Economics finds that it is unlikely insurance rates and policies alone will determine whether or not a landowner decides to build a new home on wildfire-prone land.
- Land Use Planning to Reduce Wildfire Risk. A report by Headwaters Economics for CPAW highlights five urban areas in the West using innovative land use planning tools to adapt to the increasing risks from wildfire.
View recommendations for individual communities under community profiles.
- Living with Wildfire in the San Luis Valley. An interactive map and data tool about wildfire, watersheds, and housing development trends in Colorado’s San Luis Valley.
- Austin Wildfire and Vulnerable Populations. An interactive map and report identifying areas where vulnerable populations and wildfire threat intersect, developed by Headwaters Economics for Austin, Texas as part of the CPAW Program.
- New Montana Homes Increase Wildfire Risks. A report by Headwaters Economics showing the number of western Montana homes in areas of high wildfire hazard has doubled since 1990, outpacing development rates in areas with low wildfire hazard.
- Assessing Wildfire and Populations at Risk for Santa Fe, New Mexico. An interactive map identifying areas where vulnerable populations and wildfire threat intersect, developed by Headwaters Economics for Santa Fe, New Mexico part of the CPAW Program.
- Planning Tools to Reduce Montana’s Wildfire Risk. A report produced by Headwaters Economics for CPAW that identifies opportunities and challenges to reduce wildfire risk in Montana’s wildland-urban interface through land use planning tools.
- Resilient Taos County: Living with Wildfire. An interactive story map about wildfire threats and community actions, produced by Headwaters Economics for Taos County, New Mexico through the CPAW program.
Webinars and Presentations
- Recording of presentation entitled Community Hazard Assessments in the CPAW Program, given at the Rocky Mountain Research Station by CPAW team members on April 25, 2019.
- Presentation called Planning the WUI: Tools, Tips, and Trends given at the IAFC Wildland Urban Interface Conference in Reno, Nevada on March 13, 2019.
- Presentation called Building Costs and Risk Modeling to Reduce Wildfire Risk given at the IAFC Wildland Urban Interface Conference in Reno, Nevada on February 28, 2018.
- Webinar for Land Use Solutions for Colorado, Planning for Wildfire Resilience. This webinar was presented on June 19, 2017 as part of the Planning for Hazards series and features CPAW’s work in Summit County, Colorado.
- FAC Learning Network webinar. This webinar about CPAW was presented on May 18, 2017 as part of the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network webinar series.
- Presentation to IAFC Wildland Urban Interface Conference in Reno, Nevada. This presentation was given at the annual WUI conference on March 22, 2017.