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Community Wildfire Protection Plan

Posted on January 8, 2012

The Harris County Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) is the culmination of many months of work by many organizations and individuals. It represents the expertise of fire officials from local fire departments, Harris County, and the State. As part of a continuous, “evergreen” process, the Plan is designed to identify objectives for reducing the risks from wildland fire for the residents of Harris County. For more information please view: For all other questions, comments, and concerns please send us an email.

Purpose of the CWPP

Posted on January 8, 2012

The purpose of the Harris County CWPP is to protect human life and reduce property loss due to wildland fire in communities throughout Harris County. The goals of this program are:
  • To increase public awareness and understanding about the risk and consequences of wildfires;
  • To help property owners in their efforts to improve their own wildfire protection;
  • To improve the fire resilience of landscapes and ecosystems; and to
  • To strengthen the county’s wildfire suppression capabilities.
The first HC-CWPP should be finalized in 2011. Once the initial CWPP is complete, community leaders and fire service officials will periodically review and update the CWPP. Communities within Harris County are encouraged to develop their own CWPP for their community with assistance from the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office and the Texas Forest Service. When complete, the current HC-CWPP and community plans will be posted on this web page. In the meantime, additional information is available by visiting the websites listed to the right of this page.

Should we worry about wildfire?

Posted on January 8, 2012

If you live in one of many local subdivisions away from rural areas or larger, multi-acre home sites and your subdivision has fire hydrants and maintained lawns and trees, you are at lower risk. But, even in these areas an accumulation of dead grass, leaves or branches can increase your risk. Factors increase greatly if you live on property or in a subdivision with limited fire protection and native grasslands, brush, or trees such as cedar, yaupon, or pine trees.