Community Planning Assistance Wildfire Program Accepting Applications

The Community Planning Assistance Wildfire Program (CPAW) is a national program funded by the USDA Forest Service and private foundations and managed by Headwaters Economics and Wildfire Planning International. CPAW provides free consulting services to selected communities to deliver voluntary land use planning recommendations which address the wildland-urban interface.

We are excited to announce that the 2017-2018 CPAW application process is now open. Applications and program information is available on the CPAW website:, and will be accepted until September 29, 2017, 5pm MT.

Communities will be selected based on a competitive process. Selected communities are not responsible for any direct costs associated with CPAW services provided, but staff time to participate is required. All advice and assistance given to the community will be limited to services that are intended to reduce their risk from wildfires. Local governments will retain sole authority for implementation of any land use planning recommendations provided through CPAW. Any community in the U.S. can apply, and eligible jurisdictions include towns, cities, or counties having 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.

If you have questions about the program or the application process, please contact me at or directly at 847-754-8745.