Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Station Photo: Fire/EMS

JACKSON, WYO — The Jackson Hole Fire (JHF) and EMS Foundation invites community members to participate in an online survey that will draft a new Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).

The current plan is in the process of being revised and public input will be reviewed and implemented until the survey closes on November 15, 2023.

The CWPP coordinates efforts between members of the public, emergency responders and land management agencies in finding solutions to wildfire management. The plan recommends measures to reduce structural ignitability, prioritize fuel reduction treatments and work toward overall community preparedness.

“Wildfire risk is based on several factors,” said JHF/EMS Wildfire Prevention Specialist Bobbi Clauson. “Understanding which factors affect our community will help identify strategies that could reduce our risk, so it’s very important to have public participation throughout the revision process.”

This revision process is guided by the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, an initiative to create cooperation between federal land management agencies and their partners, along with collaboration from the Teton Area Wildlife Protection Coalition and engineering consultant Jensen Hughes.

To access the CWPP survey, visit Engage Teton County: 

English: https://engagetetoncountywy.com/wildfireprotectionplan 

Spanish: https://engagetetoncountywy.com/wildfireprotectionspanish 

A draft version of the CWPP plan will be presented to JHF/EMS and Teton Area Wildfire Protection Coalition later this fall. A finalized plan will be presented to the Teton County Board of County Commissioners by July 2024.

Leigh Reagan Smith is a wildlife and community news reporter. Originally a documentary filmmaker, she has lived in the valley since 1997. Leigh enjoys skiing, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking and interviewing interesting people for her podcast, SoulRise.