Thursday: Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Holds Official Field Hearing in Seattle on Wildland Fires

August 25, 2015
Washington, DC – This Thursday, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, will welcome U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) to Seattle for a committee field hearing on wildland fires.

The state of Washington and much of the western United States has been plagued with historic wildfires, taking the lives of three firefighters last week and destroying homes and businesses in many communities. Sen. Cantwell traveled to central and eastern Washington last week to hear firsthand from communities about their experiences and the actions they are taking to better protect themselves from such fires.

Sen. Cantwell has long been dedicated to finding ways to support the work of the relevant agencies and to reform federal fire policies, in order to help save lives and homes. Based in part on lessons from last year’s Carlton Complex fire, the senator has been working with a bipartisan group of senators on comprehensive fire legislation – several concepts of which will be unveiled at Thursday’s hearing.

The hearing is open to the public and the press. Registration is required; to attend, please email

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.)
Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.)
Member, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Chair, Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining

Dr. Tom Zimmerman
President of the Board of Directors, International Association of Wildland Fire

Mr. Nick Goulette
Executive Director, Fire-Adapted Communities Learning Network

Dr. Michael Medler
Spokesman, Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics and Ecology

Mr. Peter Goldmark
Commissioner, Washington State Department of Public Lands

Mr. Gary Berndt
Commissioner, Kittitas County, Washington

Field Hearing on Opportunities to Improve Federal Wildland Fire Management

Thursday, August 27, at 11:30 a.m. PDT

Seattle University’s Campion Hall
914 East Jefferson Street
Seattle, Wash. 98122