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Saturday, May 4 • 2:45pm - 3:35pm
WA To Do About Wildfires?

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Last autumn’s deadly and massive Camp Fire in California presented the nation with a single dramatic storyline from a much larger ongoing narrative — American wildfires are burning more acreage and doing more damage than ever before. What can be done and are we ready in the Northwest? Leaders from our region will discuss Washington’s wildfire readiness with recently retired California Fire Chief, Ken Pimlott, who has spent his career on the frontlines of nearly every major fire in that state, including Camp Fire. 

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Ted Alvarez

Editor, Crosscut
Ted Alvarez is an editor at Crosscut and KCTS 9 focused on science and the environment. His work has also appeared in Backpacker, Grist.org, Air Canada En Route, Outside, Alaska Beyond, Rolling Stone, Men's Health, Skiing, Scientific American and many other outlets. He is the author... Read More →

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John Giller

Regional Fire & Aviation Director, US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management
John Giller has lived and worked in the Pacific Northwest most of his life, working in various fire, fuels and aviation management positions in the private and public sectors, including the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Rural Fire Department and Klamath Fire, Incorporated... Read More →
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Ken Pimlott

Former Chief, Cal Fire
Chief Ken Pimlott began his 35 year fire service career in 1984 as a reserve fire fighter in Contra Costa County, California. He joined CAL FIRE in 1987 as a seasonal fire fighter, and ultimately worked his way through the ranks to Director, a position he held from 2010 until his... Read More →
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Hilary Franz

Commissioner of Public Lands, Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Elected in 2016, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz protects and manages nearly six million acres of public lands in Washington State – from coastal waters and aquatic reserves, to working forests and farms, to commercial developments and recreation areas. Commissioner Franz... Read More →
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Cody Desautel

Natural Resource Director, Colville Tribe
Cody Desautel currently serves as the Natural Resource Director for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. Since 2002 he has worked on the Colville Reservation for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Colville Tribe as an Inventory Forester and Natural Resource Officer... Read More →

Saturday May 4, 2019 2:45pm - 3:35pm PDT