WAFAC Members:

Okanogan Conservation District, Okanogan County

Yakima Valley Fire Adapted Communities Coalition, Yakima County

Flowery Trails Community Association, Stevens County

Hidden Valley/Swauk, Kittitas County

Lincoln County Conservation District, Lincoln County

Seattle City Light, Skagit Hydroelectric Project, Whatcom County

Chelan County Fire District 1, Chelan County

Four Mound,  Spokane County

South Mt Adams, Klickitat County

Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition, Chelan County

Greater Lake Wenatchee Fire Adapted Communities, Chelan County

WAFAC Network Steering Committee Members:

Tim Cook, Washington Department of Emergency Management

Andy Tate, Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Guy Gifford, Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Russ Hobbs, Kittitas County Fire & Rescue

Brett Holt, Federal Emergency Management Agency

Reese Lolley, The Nature Conservancy

Lauren Maloney, Pacific Northwest Wildfire Coordinating Group

Richard Parrish, Bureau of Land Management

Terry Lawhead, Washington State Department of Commerce

Shana Joy, Washington Conservation Commission

WAFAC Network Staff:

Ryan Anderson, Washington RC&D Executive Director
Hilary Lundgren, WAFAC Program Director, hilary@fireadaptedwashington.org
Kara Karboski
Annie Schmidt
Kirstin Taggart

What is the Washington Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network?

The Washington Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network facilitates learning and provides a means to invest resources in communities around Washington that are working to better live with wildfire. The Network provides member communities with resources to develop innovative solutions, work with local partners, engage with other member communities, and increase their local capacity.  Working together helps us all do more for our communities, and do it better, so that we can best approach the complex fire issues we face.

Why Washington, why now?

  • Washington is coming off several of its largest fire seasons in recorded history.  Washingtonians are hungry for an alternative to the costly and reactionary model of fire management that has dominated the US.
  • Washington has an opportunity to lead.  Lessons learned here will help inform Fire Adapted Communities progress across the nation.
  • Programs/capacity (such as CWPP’s, Ready Set Go!, and Firewise) have been operating for many years in some places. Recognizing that alone these are not enough, Washington communities are seeking a long-term, integrated approach to an issue that cannot be “solved.” Fire is a part of the landscape.
  • As climate change, cost containment and rural growth converge, Washington needs to build local capacity for adaptation, response and recovery.
  • Washington is ready and capable of implementing change. 

What are the goals for Washington?

  1. Cohesion – Support the integration of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Strategy’s three goals: resilient landscapes, fire adapted communities, and efficient response to wildfire.
  2. Acceleration – Accelerate the adoption, innovation, and diffusion of best practices associated with Fire Adapted Communities programs and strategies across communities and geographies.
  3. Adaptation – Foster a strong and resilient Washington whose residents understand their role (and the role of fire) in a fire-adapted landscape.
  4. Connection – Create a strong network structure that connects local Fire Adapted Communities with Fire Adapted Communities around the state and nation.
  5. Learning – Provide Washington Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network members the space and support to grow and learn.

How does WAFAC Operate?

Members receive financial support through an agreement with the Bureau of Land Management and administered by the Washington Resource Conservation and Development Council.

The Network is shaped by a Steering Committee from a diverse cross-section of Washington.  Communities are supported by capable staff members who provide guidance and enhance network sharing and function.