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Issue Position: Wildfires

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Many people don't realize it, but the state DNR is tasked with interagency coordination during fire response, making sure local and federal agencies and fire fighting personnel are acting in concert during major fire suppression events.

I've been a volunteer rural firefighter for more than three decades, a first responder on the fire line when a forest or rangeland fire breaks out in my part of Okanogan County. I know the challenges fire fighters face and will use my experience to improve the lines of communication on the ground. I will work cooperatively with our volunteer fire districts to assist them in getting the equipment they need so they're adequately prepared when called upon.

Time and time again, rural communities are harmed by slow response and lack of clear protocol by DNR agents on the scene. Landowners are barred access to their land and property, fires jump lines and destroy more resources due to poor communication, among other impacts.

I'll perform a top down review of fire policies, using personal experience and relying on experts to make sure DNR has the resources, technology, and personnel needed to stop fires.

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