Monday, July 6, 2015

New Law Appoints County Liaisons and Allows Private Citizens to Fight Fire

Fire near Twisp, WA. Carlton Complex 2014. Source KCPQ TV.

2014's Carlton Complex Fire in north central Washington sparked criticism of the state's Department of Natural Resources and its response to the fire.  House Bill 2093 will go into effect this month and change the way counties and local fire districts are involved in fires.  The Commissioner of Public Lands will appoint a Wildland Fire Liaison to provide advice and communicate the interests and concerns of landowners and the general public during fire suppression activities. 
The law will also allow private citizens to enter private and public lands to fight fire.  Read the bill here.   More news coverage here

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