June 20: How Wildfire Decisions are Made in Partnership with The Bulletin

Thursday, June 20, 2024 (11:30 AM - 1:00 PM) (PDT)


Join us for an in-depth forum on wildfire decision-making, focusing on the critical choices made when wildfires ignite. This event will explore how decision-making processes vary depending on the type of land where fires start, such as wilderness areas, urban interfaces, grasslands, and tribal lands. We will delve into the roles and coordination of various agencies, key decision points for fire managers, funding sources, and the reasons behind the allocation of resources to different fires.

Discussion Topics:

  • Decision-Making Across Land Types: Understand how strategies differ for managing wildfires in wilderness areas, urban interfaces, grasslands, and tribal lands.
  • Agency Involvement and Coordination: Learn about the various agencies involved in wildfire management and how they work together to combat fires effectively.
  • Fire Manager Decision Points: Discover the critical points in the decision-making process for fire managers and the factors that influence these decisions.
  • Funding Sources: Gain insight into where the funding for wildfire management comes from and how it impacts firefighting efforts.
  • Resource Allocation: Explore why some fires receive extensive resources while others do not, and the criteria used to determine resource distribution.


  • Kevin Moriarty, Deschutes County Forester
  • Shawn Jaca, Central Oregon Fire Management, US Forest Service
  • Trey Leonard, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
  • James Osborne, BLM Fire Management Officer, Prineville District Bureau of Land Management and Central Oregon Fire Management Service
  • Moderated by: Jessica Neujahr, Oregon Department of Forestry

Why Attend:

This forum is a must-attend for anyone involved in or interested in wildfire management. Whether you're a professional in the field, a policymaker, a community leader, or simply a concerned citizen, you'll gain valuable insights into the complexities of wildfire decision-making and the collaborative efforts required to protect our lands and communities. 

From The Bulletin:

Fighting wildfires: How are decisions made when fires erupt?

Wildfire dispatchers are behind the scenes but critical for protecting communities

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon
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Bend, OR 97701 United States
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