Rep. Mary Dye introduces bill to create the local wildland fire response account

2015 was the worst fire season on record for Washington state. With the start of the 2016 legislative session, many lawmakers are focusing their efforts on the continued loopholes surrounding local agency wildland fire response. Rep. Mary Dye, R-Pomeroy, is one of them.

“This legislation would allow local fire agencies to request and utilize funds needed for state equipment and resources to suppress wildfires at their onset,” said Dye. “Right now, it takes too much time to get the needed resources local jurisdictions need to fight fire. Our efforts should be about putting fires out timely rather than wasting precious time on the processes to obtain the necessary resources and equipment.”

HB 2596 would create the local wildland fire response account. This bill authorizes a local suppression entity, upon confirmation of the start of a wildland fire within its jurisdiction or area of response, to submit a request to the department of natural resources for an expenditure from the local wildland fire response account to fund an immediate local suppression effort.

This is the first legislation proposed by the freshman house member since her election in 2015.


Washington State House Republican Communications