Policy Offices

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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 Legislature, state agencies and many volunteers. This comprehensive legislation passed with bipartisan support and will provid​e more than $220 million to help Oregon modernize and improve wildfire preparedn​ess through thr​ee key strategies: creating fire-adapted communities, devel​oping 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 Mem​​​bers​​​hip ​

  • Chairperson, Mark Bennett (Baker)
    • Member representing county government
  • Vice Chairperson, Chase Browning (Medford)
    • Member representing fire marshals with wildland-urban interface firefighting experience
  • Samantha Bayer (Eagle Point)
    • Member representing farmers whose land is wholly or partially within the wildland-urban interface
  • Allen Berreth (Portland)
    • Member representing a utility company
  • Susan Jane Brown (John Day)
    • Member representing environmental interests
  • Nick Browne (Clackamas/Canby)
    • Member representing fire chiefs with wildland-urban interface firefighting experience
  • Bradley Clark (Grants Pass)
    • Member who is a land use planning director for a wildland-urban interface city
  • Tamarah Cline (Umatilla)
    • Member representing public health professionals
  • Karna Gustafson (Bend)
    • Member representing land and housing development interests or real estate industry interests
  • Dave Hunnicutt (Hillsboro)
    • Member representing rural residential property owners whose property is wholly or partially within the wildland-urban interface
  • Jim McCauley (League of Oregon Cities)
    • Member representing city government
  • Mary Kyle McCurdy (Portland)
    • Member representing state or regional land use planning organizations
  • John O’Keeffe (Adel)
    • Member representing ​ranchers whose land is wholly or partially within the wildland-urban interface​
  • Amelia Porterfield (Portland)
    • Member representing forest resiliency interests
  • Steve Rondeau (Klamath Tribe)
    • Member representing federally recognized Indian tribes with land wholly or partially within the wildland-urban interface
  • Joshua Shaklee (Douglas County)
    • Member who is a land use planning director for a wildland-urban interface county
  • Alessandra de la Torre (Phoenix)
    • Member representing the environmental justice community
  • Carol Whipple (Elkton)
    • Member representing forestland owners whose property is wholly or partially within the wildland-urban interface​​
  • Ian Yocum (Dayton)
    • Member representing firefighters with wildland-urban interface firefighting experience

​​Staff ​Support

Doug Grafe, Wildfire Programs Director 
(503) 689-​2040 

Jacque Carlisle, Policy Assistant to Doug Grafe, Wildfire Programs Director 
(503) 400-2699 




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