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Public invited to discuss Grand Fire Protection Distirct Community Wildfire Protection Plan

The Grand Fire Protection District No. 1, in cooperation with multiple local, State and Federal stakeholders, has just announced two public meetings in the ongoing Community Wildfire Protection Plan process.

Public input will be incorporated into the development of a certified Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP), a planning document that is part of a U.S. Congressional Act aimed at keeping communities in the Wildland Urban Interface safe from wildfire.

Community Wildfire Protection Plans represent the best opportunity to address the challenges of living in the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI). CWPPs are authorized in the Healthy Forests Restoration Act (HFRA) of 2003, which enhanced measures to restore forest and rangeland health and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires. A CWPP provides information and recommendations about how to accomplish the many mitigation projects necessary for creating the safest communities in the WUI. It is also a crucial step in acquiring public grant money to fund mitigation projects.

Both meetings will be held at the Main Fire Station in Granby, located at 60500 US Hwy 40. The first meeting will be held on Friday, March 13, at 6:30 p.m., and the second on Saturday, March 14, at 10:30 a.m.

The meetings are an opportunity for local residents and other interested stakeholders to provide comments and input. In attendance at these meetings will be representatives from Grand FPD No. 1, the USFS and CSFS, the BLM, and Anchor Point, a wildfire consulting firm from Boulder who is be responsible for facilitating and creating the final CWPP.

All residents and interested parties are strongly encouraged to take part in the online survey made available at http://www.grandfire.org. The answers to these survey questions will be valuable to creating a CWPP that is truly representative of all the residents of Grand FPD No. 1.

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For more information, please contact Chief David Boyes at (970) 887-3380 or Chris White at Anchor Point, (877) 621-3473.

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