Logan Simpson Environmental Consultants are Developing Pima County Community Wildfire Protection Plan

Logan Simpson environmental consultants are developing a community wildfire protection plan that will assess the risk of wildland fire risk to 32 Pima County communities. Nearly 6 million acres are being analyzed for wildland fuel hazards, risk of ignition and wildfire occurrence, local preparedness, and community protection capabilities. The plan will comply with the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003, which is the most effective way for a community to acquire federal funding for fire preparedness and environmental planning. To date, Logan Simpson has completed 13 HFRA-compliant community wildfire protection plans analyzing more than 15. 7 million acres in 160 communities, 118 fire departments and 15 counties within Arizona and New Mexico to determine wildland fire risk.

A primary objective of the CWPP is to help local governments, fire departments and districts, and residents identify at-risk public and private lands to better protect those lands from severe wildfire threat. Additional functions of the plan are to improve fire prevention and suppression activities, as well as identify funding needs and opportunities to reduce the risk of wildland fire, and to enhance public and firefighter safety. Pima County’s CWPP will meet these objectives at a local level, while integrating with overall federal- and state-level fire planning.

The environmental consultants at LSD are working with the Pima County Office of Emergency Management to develop the plan, which will also address all risk factors identified by the Arizona State Forester.