Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Preparing for Next Fire Season

WA State Rep. Cary Condotta and Okanogan County Commissioner Jim DeTro 
meet with stakeholders about fire preparedness. Source: Methow Valley News. Photo by Marcy Stamper.   

Despite the continuing tension about the devastation caused by the Carlton Complex Fire in North Central Washington last summer, stakeholders met there on January 5th to discuss how to be better prepared for next fire season. 

Bipartisan Washington State Representatives met with leaders from Washington Dept. of Natural Resources, state Emergency Management, and County Commissioners and a crowd of almost 200 concerned stakeholders. 

Improved communications and evacuation methods such as "Reverse 911" were discussed in addition to criticisms of how the large fire was managed last summer. Read the article here.

While these meetings can be difficult and filled with emotion, these "after action reviews" help agencies and citizens learn from their experiences to better prepare for the future, together.  

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