Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)


In June 2019, the City was awarded a $100,000 CAL FIRE grant for the development of a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP), which outlines an actions to be taken that will protect our community and essential infrastructure from wildfire, as well as make recommendations to reduce structural ignitability throughout the community. The city retained the services of consultant Jensen Hughes to prepare the CWPP in conjunction with city Public Safety staff, Los Angeles County Fire Department, city residents, and other stakeholders.  

The Malibu specific CWPP is a community-based plan focused on identifying and addressing local hazards, risks, and vulnerabilities from wildfire. The CWPP provides a roadmap of action items to help the community prevent, mitigate, respond, and recover from the potential wildfire threat. It may also assist the city in qualifying for State and federal funding opportunities to implement the plan.

CWPP process

Obtaining input from city residents and other concerned stakeholders is vital to the CWPP process. Therefore, stakeholder workshops and community meetings were presented and an online survey was conducted to obtain as much valuable feedback as possible. The City's CWPP consultant presented the results of its work, including two public stakeholder meetings, an online community survey, studying the local fire history and fuels, simulations with various fire progression software applications, and numerous site surveys throughout the city. During the meetings, the public had the opportunity to provide input as well as comment and provide feedback on the Draft CWPP. 

View CWPP consultant Jensen Hughes’ presentation from the Stakeholder Workshops held on February 20 and 22, 2020.

The City's draft Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) was presented to the public during a virtual meeting on March 10, 2021. Video of the meeting is available on the City's YouTube channel

Answers to questions and comments submitted prior to and during the meeting may be found on the addendum and on CWPP frequently asked questions

The City's consultant conducted a CWPP online survey in June 2020 and received 250 responses. A summary report of the survey results was presented to the Public Safety Commission at its Regular meeting on August 5, 2020


Additional information on the CWPP development process can be found in the CWPP Process Guide, the CWPP Community Guide, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). For reference, view the City of Montecito’s CWPP prepared by Jensen Hughes.

The final Community Wildfire Protection Plan can be viewed here.