Steep terrain, large areas of continuous fuels and frequent high fire danger weather conditions make wildfire a significant concern in Jefferson County, Colorado. Both general and specific actions are needed to mitigate wildfire risk and improve ecosystem health. Mitigation of hazardous conditions, prevention of unwanted fires and effective response to fires must all be addressed to ensure safety of the community.
The Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) is a strategic plan that identifies wildland fire issues facing the community and outlines prioritized mitigation actions. It is the community’s responsibility to move forward and implement the action items. This may require further planning and at the project level, acquisition of funds or simply motivating individual community members. To this end, an implementation team has been formed with the charter to implement action items and monitor their efficacy.
The focus of this CWPP is on the City of Golden. The Golden Fire Department covers approximately 9 square miles, which is bounded by large areas of steep open space. Values at risk include human life and welfare, private residencies, wildlife habitat, recreational land, businesses and critical infrastructure. This risk is primarily associated with the large areas of grass and brush fuels bordering the City of Golden. This Community Wildfire Protection Plan was prepared in 2007. This is a very large file (29 MB), depending on your connection speed, could take some time to download. For more information about how to protect your family and property from wildfire contact the Golden Fire Department at 303-215-8886.