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I am committed to ensuring our public lands are managed properly and that the federal government meets its obligations in the Pacific Northwest. In 2014, the Carlton Complex fire broke out in Okanogan County, and at the time it was the most destructive our state’s history, burning over 250,000 acres, destroying hundreds of homes and businesses, and devastating the environment. In 2015, Washington once again dealt with the effects of another catastrophic wildfire season – one that burned more than 1 million acres – surpassing the scale of the devastation experienced in 2014. 

I have seen firsthand how our communities have pulled together to help one another during these trying times, with firefighters from across the U.S. joining the fight and volunteers from all over the state and country providing support and relief to displaced residents. Changes to federal forest management and fire mitigation policies are needed to better protect Central Washington from the devastating effects of catastrophic wildfires in the future. 

 

More on Wildfires

COLUMN: We Remember the Carlton Complex Fire

Jul 29 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

Five years ago, Washington state experienced the most catastrophic wildfire in its history. The Carlton Complex fire raged through Central Washington, burning more than a quarter of a million acres and leaving more than 500 homes and structures destroyed in its path.

Interior Appropriations Bill Approved by Committee Includes Newhouse Amendment on Grizzly Bears

Jun 6 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after the House Committee on Appropriations approved the Fiscal Year 2019 Department of Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.