The Colorado Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal (CO-WRAP) is a web-mapping tool that provides access to statewide wildfire risk assessment information in Colorado.

In this way, CO-WRAP can help inform community leaders, professional planners and the public in determining wildfire risk and where forest management actions can be implemented to reduce that risk.

CO-WRAP is the primary tool for the CSFS to display risk information from the Colorado Wildfire Risk Assessment (CO-WRA) and create awareness about wildfire issues across the state. The goal of CO-WRAP is to provide a consistent, comparable set of scientific results to be used as a foundation for wildfire mitigation and prevention planning in Colorado.

Colorado Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal screenshot
A screenshot from the CO-WRAP Public Viewer. Click to enlarge

Through CO-WRAP, fire mitigation professionals, prevention planners, natural resource professionals and the public can generate maps and download data and reports that describe defined project areas, such as neighborhoods or watersheds.

The information in the web portal is based on geographic information system (GIS) data layers that allow users to view such themes as likelihood of an acre burning, potential fire intensity, historic fire occurrence and values at risk from wildfire.

CO-WRAP features two viewers, one for the public and one for planning professionals.

Public Viewer

  • Provides a simple-to-use tool that allows users to explore wildfire risk
  • Quickly generates maps and wildfire risk ratings for specific locations

Professional Viewer

  • Tailored for use by professional planners, natural resource agencies and researchers
  • Generates maps and detailed risk summary reports that include:
    • Risk statistics for defined project areas
    • Maps, charts, tables, photos and text that describe project areas
  • Can be used to download data

2018 Update

In 2018, the CSFS updated CO-WRA and CO-WRAP with state-wide data.

Notable enhancements/results from the update include:

  • The new CSFS statewide seamless vegetative fuels dataset is an enhancement to 2014 Landfire and better represents observed and expected fire behavior in Colorado through the incorporation of disturbance data; Landsat imagery analysis through 2016; and expert knowledge from a fuels team.
  • The weather data used to assess fire behavior and spread are improved.
  • A new wildland-urban interface (WUI) layer was produced using the best available population data.
  • A new statewide burn probability layer was produced using an advanced GIS tool for modeling wildfire behavior and spread.
  • CSFS Forest Management Activity data (2008 – 2017) went through an extensive QA/QC process.
  • The new non-federal fire ignition data are no longer by zip code – they are discrete point data, which also improves the accuracy of the derived fire occurrence layer.