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Wildfire Programs Advisory Council


The Wildfire Programs Advisory Council was established in 2021 following the passage of Senate Bill 762.

Senate Bill 762 is the product of years of hard work by the Governor’s Council on Wildfire Response, the Legislature, state agencies, and Oregonians across the state. This comprehensive legislation passed with bipartisan support and provides more than $195 million to help Oregon modernize and improve wildfire preparedness through three key strategies: creating fire-adapted communities, developing safe and effective responses, and increasing the resiliency of Oregon’s landscapes.

Together, the Wildfire Programs Advisory Council will work to recommend and implement policies that will help prevent and better respond to wildfire, and create more fire resilient communities and landscapes in Oregon.

Council Members

Chairperson, Mark Bennett (Union)
Member representing County Government

Vice Chairperson, Chase Browning (Medford)
Member who represents fire marshals with wildland-urban interface firefighting experience

Joshua Shaklee (Douglas County)
Member who is a land use planning director for a wildland-urban interface county

Jim McCauley (League of Oregon Cities)
Member representing City Government

Bradley Clark (Grants Pass)
Member who is a land use planning director for a wildland-urban interface city

Nick Browne (Clackamas/Canby)
Member who represents fire chiefs with wildland-urban interface firefighting experience

Ian Yocum (Dayton):Member who represents firefighters with wildland-urban interface firefighting experience

Dave Hunnicutt (Hillsboro)
Member who represents rural residential property owners whose property is wholly or partially within the wildland-urban interface

Samantha Bayer (Eagle Point)
Member who represents farmers whose land is wholly or partially within the wildland-urban interface

John O’Keeffe (Adel)
Member who represents ranchers whose land is wholly or partially within the wildland-urban interface

Carol Whipple (Elkton)
Member who represents forestland owners whose property is wholly or partially within the wildland-urban interface

Steve Rondeau (Klamath Tribe)
Member who represents federally recognized Indian tribes with land wholly or partially within the wildland-urban interface

Allen Berreth (Portland)
Member who represents a utility company

Susan Jane Brown (John Day)
Member who represents environmental interests

Terry Fairbanks (Jacksonville)
Member who represents forest resiliency interests

Mary Kyle McCurdy (Portland)
Member who represents state or regional land use planning organizations

Karna Gustafson (Bend)
Member who represents land and housing development interests or real estate industry interests

Sarah Worthington (Bend)
Member who represents public health professionals

Alessandra de la Torre (Phoenix)
Member who represents the environmental justice community 

Staff Support

Meeting Recordings

Meeting Materials

Council Materials

WPAC's Annual Reports

Director's Report