With that in mind, KFACC members work together, across property ownerships to accelerate the pace and scale of forest restoration and wildfire mitigation in Kittitas County.
One of the core ways KFACC influences fire preparedness and wildfire risk reduction in Kittitas County, is by convening stakeholders and community members, sharing information, coordinating actions and work, and providing space for planning across ownership boundaries. Nowhere is that better seen than in the 2018 update of the Kittitas County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). KFACC lead the CWPP development process and created a CWPP subcommittee to develop and complete the plan. Building a collaborative and cooperative environment with the fire departments, community-based organizations, local government, and the public land management agencies has been the first step in reducing the risk of loss from wildland fire.
Members of KFACC, in coordination with the Kittitas County Conservation District, developed the Kittitas County Resilience Landscapes proposal and were successful in being awarded $10,000,000 for fuels mitigation projects. These projects will reduce wildfire risk in Kittitas County while creating more resilient communities and forests in the project area. 92% of requested funds are for on-the-ground fuels work. Projects are driven by the planning efforts of the Washington Department of Natural Resources, the Kittitas Community Wildfire Protection Plan, and the planning efforts of the County Fire Chiefs, the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Cle Elum Ranger District, the SE Region of Washington Department of Natural Resources, and the Kittitas Fire Adapted Communities Coalition.