Wildland Fire Advisory Committee

With the goal of improving communication and coordination with communities around the state, on December 1, 2015 Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark appointed 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. 
“Washington is fortunate to have someone of Gary’s extraordinary experience in this important position,” Commissioner Goldmark said. “As a firefighter and an elected leader, Gary has the knowledge to help us face the challenge of wildfire in local communities.” 
In December 2015, Goldmark appointed the state's first-ever Wildland Fire Advisory Committee. 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 Tami Kellogg at 360-902-2122 or tami.kellogg@dnr.wa.gov.

Wildland Fire Advisory Committee 



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