Okanogan County has started work on an update of its Community Wildfire Protection Plan, which was last revised in 2013.
The county held the first of many meetings earlier this week. Organizers hope to hold future meetings in communities around the county.
The wildfire protection plan isn’t required, but it’s an important tool for developing community-level interventions and preparedness, Okanogan County Emergency Manager Maurice Goodall said. The plan can also be used to obtain grants for fire-protection work, he said.
The county has contracted with Northwest Management Group to oversee the update and guide local neighborhoods in accessing resources for planning and prevention. The county has also been working on an updated version of the multi-hazard plan over the past couple of years. The plan has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the state, Goodall said.
The multi-hazard plan isn’t an action plan, but more of a “wish list” that identifies beneficial mitigations and can be used to apply for grants, Goodall said. The county, cities, fire districts and organizations like the Okanogan Conservation District all use it to apply for funding.
The county Planning Department is currently reviewing the multi-hazard plan to determine if it needs to go through an environmental review. It ultimately must be adopted by the county commissioners.
For more information or to provide input on the plan, contact project lead Brad Tucker at email@example.com, or call Northwest Management Group at (208) 883-4488. The county’s 2013 Wildfire Protection plan is on the Okanogan County Emergency Management website.