Thursday, April 15, 2010

Wasatch Front Wildfire Plan to be Biggest in Utah

Sandy, Utah -- The biggest Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) in the state is getting underway for the south end of Salt Lake County. The plan, aimed at reducing risks from wildfires, will cover roughly ten miles along the benches and canyons of the Wasatch Front from Big Cottonwood Canyon to Alpine Ridge. The plan will be prepared by a citizen-based committee with the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, U.S. Forest Service and Salt Lake Unified Fire Authority as technical advisors.

The cities of Sandy, Draper, Cottonwood Heights and Granite will meet at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 4, 2009 at Sandy City Hall in order to form the committee. The group will then meet periodically to identify the high-risk areas, develop tactics for dealing with the hazards related to wildfire and to evaluate city fire ordinances. Once the plan is complete, it will be implemented by volunteers as well as federal, state and local government agencies.

"A plan like this can make all the difference when a wildfire breaks out," says the Utah’s Wildland Urban Interface Coordinator, Tyre Holfeltz. "The result is firefighters having an upper hand because the houses and communities are better prepared," he continues.

CWPPs are a component of the national multi-agency Firewise organization. Through fuel reduction, public education and proper planning, CWPP’s can change wildfire behavior in the urban interface. There are currently 140 CWPPs in place in Utah covering 190 communities.

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Utah Fire Prevention Convention


The theme for the convention is Fueling Prevention. Click to see the Agenda. You can also download the Fueling Prevention trifold for more information.


The cost of registration is $75.00 per person. Go to the registration page to submit your registration online. If you have any questions about registering please contact Jane Martinez at 801-538-5427. You can also submit your registration by filling out an MS Word form and mailing or faxing the form. The information on where to send the form is included on the form.

Hotel Information

The conference will be held at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. The address is 215 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101. A block of rooms have been reserved under the name Great Basin/Northern Rockies Fire Prevention for the government rate of $106 a night. To make reservations please call 1-800-395-7046. The hotel will reserve the rooms until March 30, 2010. You c