Colorado Forest Atlas Support
A variety of resources are available to help make the best use of the Colorado Forest Atlas. This includes user manuals for the various web applications, training support materials, a help desk and suggested sites for more information.
User manuals have been developed for each mapping application. These provide a step-by-step guide on how to use the applications. To download or view the manuals in PDF format visit the links below:
A comprehensive description of the 2017 Colorado Wildfire Risk Assessment (CO-WRA) update. This report provides all the information necessary to understand how the CO-WRA outputs were created and their fitness for use for prevention and mitigation planning.
Custom training on how to use the Colorado WRA results is available from the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS). If you are interested in receiving training for your organization, you can reach us by using the Contact page.
Support for use of the Colorado WRA data and the Risk Reduction Planner application within the Colorado Forest Atlas is available by sending an email to the CSFS Help Desk by clicking on the button below. The Risk Reduction Planner (formerly known as the Professional Viewer) is intended for use by fire planners and land managers. For general inquiries, especially regarding the Wildfire Risk Viewer or the Colorado WRA data, please use the Contact page. This will allow you to pose questions, make suggestions, and provide feedback. We welcome and encourage your comments so we can continue to improve the Colorado Forest Atlas to better meet your needs.
To aid users in developing a fire protection plan, a few additional resources are provided. This includes guidelines for protecting your home and property from wildfire through mitigation, minimum standards for developing a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP), requirements for a community to receive the Firewise USA® Communities designation and templates for developing a CWPP and a Forest Stewardship Plan. Use the links below to access these resources. We also encourage you to check out the information available on the Colorado State Forest Service website at www.csfs.colostate.edu.Key links are provided below:
Example Plan Templates/Guidelines
Planning is essential for the long-term success of wildfire mitigation efforts. CWPPs have become the planning standard, as defined in the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003. The risk summary report capability within the Risk Reduction Planner application has been specifically designed to support Step 5 in CWPP development, the Community Risk Assessment component. Examples are provided below to get you get started. Links to existing CWPPs developed across Colorado also are provided; please note, however, that these plans were developed before Colorado WRA, CO-WRAP, and the Colorado Forest Atlas were available.