Community Wildfire Protection Plans
Winter Park Highlands is covered by three Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP), the Grand County CWPP adopted in December 2006, the Upper Fraser Valley CWPP adopted in December 2007, and the Grand Fire Protection District No. 1 CWPP adopted in May 2009. The CWPPs were created pursuant to the federal Healthy Forest Restoration Act. Major purposes of each CWPP are to assess the level of risk of wildfires on a community by community basis in the county and to suggest steps that a property owner can take to enhance the likelihood that his or her property would survive a catastrophic wildfire. All three Plans rate Winter Park Highlands as the second most hazardous community in Grand County (out of 24 assessed), which has been a major impetus for the mitigation work WPHA has pursued throughout the community since 2008 and continuing today. The Plans are invaluable resources and we encourage everyone to take advantage of the information in them.
Grand County emergency services
The Grand Fire Protection District has lots of information on its website about emergency preparedness—check out www.grandfire.org. Click on the Public Information tab, then click on the Fire Safety and Prevention tab. Under the heading Family Preparedness you will find two links, one to a document called “Why Prepare?” and one to a Supplies Kit Checklist.
The Grand County Office of Emergency Management also has a helpful brochure called Emergency Information Resources.
Finally, you also might be interested in the detailed 12-page brochure entitled Ready, Set, Go! Your Personal Wildland Fire Protection Guide and a related video. Check them out!
Grand County burn program
The best and most current resource for burning information is at the Grand County Division of Natural Resources. It has the latest for slash pile band cost, info about clearing defensible space, etc.
- GFPD responds to structure fires with three 1,250 gpm engines and three water tenders carrying approximately 2,200-3,000 gallons of water each
- Response time is between 10-15 minutes; 12 minutes being ideal
- The department is volunteer with typically 12-18 firefighters responding per incident
- Two fire stations are located at 60500 US Highway 40 and 85 County Road 5301 in Granby, CO 80446
- Grand Lake Fire is the automatic aid agency to the north located at 10,000 State Highway 34, Grand Lake, CO 80447. Phone: (970) 627-8428
- East Grand Fire is the automatic aid agency to the south located at 60 County Road 526, Tabernash, CO 80478. Phone: (970) 726-5824