Wildland Fire Advisory Committee

Committee Report on Substitute House Bill 2561

View Commissioner Franz's letter to the Legislature and the Wildland Fire Advisory Committee's Report on Substitute House Bill 2561.

More about the Wildland Fire Advisory Committee

Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2093, which passed during the 2015 regular legislative session, required the Department of Natural Resources to appoint a local Wildland Fire Liaison and to establish a Wildland Fire Advisory Committee (WFAC) to gain information about how the state can most effectively respond to future wildfires.
With the goal of improving communication and coordination with communities around the state, on December 1, 2015 DNR appointed then Kittitas County Commissioner Gary Berndt to serve as the state's first-ever Wildland Fire Liaison. Berndt is responsible for helping Washington communities identify and best use their firefighting assets to quickly respond to fires. He also will advise state and federal wildfire fighting leaders about concerns of residents and landowners in fire-affected communities. 
The Wildland Fire Liaison and the Committee have provided a valuable service to the state of Washington and DNR’s Wildfire Program. Their work has benefited efforts to more fully develop and integrate the local capability and expertise found in over 450  local Fire Protection Districts throughout the state with DNR’s Wildfire Program.  
This committee consists of individuals from all over the state, representing different constituencies. For more information on the committee, see House Bill 2093.   

Legislative Report for ESHB 2093    

See a high-level summary of the recommendations to the Legislature.
View the December 2015 report to the Commissioner of Public Lands from the Wildland Fire Liaison. 

2006 Strategic Plan for Wildland Fire Protection

DNR completed the strategic plan in 2006. Early in 2017, Commissioner Franz tasked the WFAC to evaluate the strategic plan for its relevance to the current conditions of firefighting and provide feedback. The Committee completed it’s work and provided recommendations in July, 2017.

Mission Statement

It is the purpose of the Wildland Fire Advisory Committee to advise the Commissioner of Public Lands on all matters related to wildland firefighting and fire issues in the state, including but not limited to developing recommendations regarding capital budget requests related to fire and developing strategies to enhance the safe and effective use of private and public wildland firefighting resources. To further define the role and direction of the WFAC, Commissioner Franz signed a Charter for the Committee.
If you have questions or need more information about the work of the Wildland Fire Liaison or the Wildland Fire Advisory Committee, please contact committee coordinator Shelly Goodwin at 360-902-1327 or shelly.goodwin@dnr.wa.gov.


2020 Meetings

November 12, 2020 

September 24, 2020 


August 13, 2020 


July 23, 2020


June 25, 2020 CANCELLED

Agenda - We will not hold a WFAC meeting on June 25, 2020.  DNR is in the process of filling the Wildfire Liaison position, and will plan to hold the July meeting as scheduled.

May 28, 2020


April 23, 2020


February 27, 2020


January 23, 2020




No meetings in October and November

September 26, 2019

August 22, 2019

July 18, 2019

June 20, 2019

May 22, 2019

April 24, 2019

March 27, 2019 


February 22, 2019

January 23, 2019




December, 2018

No Meeting

November 28, 2018

October 24, 2018

September 26, 2018

August 22, 2018

July 25, 2018

June 27, 2018

April 25, 2018

March 28, 2018

February 28, 2018

January 24, 2018




December 27, 2017

November 29, 2017

October 25, 2017

September 27, 2017

August 23, 2017

July 26, 2017


June 28, 2017

May 24, 2017

April 26, 2017

March 29, 2017

February 22, 2017

January 25, 2017



December 2016

No Meeting

November 30, 2016

October 26, 2016

September 28, 2016

August 24, 2016


July 27, 2016

June 22, 2016

June 1, 2016

April 27, 2016

March 24, 2016

February 11, 2016

January 21, 2016



December 18, 2015