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

What They Are Saying: Newhouse Elected Western Caucus Chairman

Nov 24 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On November 19, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) was unanimously elected as Chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus for the 117th Congress.

Newhouse Joins Bipartisan Colleagues to Introduce Bill Reauthorizing WHIP Program for 2020 Wildfires

Nov 19 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) joined Reps. Mike Thompson (D-CA), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) to introduce the 2020 WHIP+ Authorization Act.

COLUMN: A Voice for the West

Nov 9 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

In Central Washington, we understand all-too-well the frustrations that come from feeling like rural communities are being ignored. Large cities and urban areas seem to suck all the air out of the room, leaving those of us in rural America feeling we do not have a voice.

COLUMN: Wildfire Recovery Demonstrates Central Washington’s Resiliency

Nov 2 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

Over the past few months, catastrophic wildfires raged – once again – throughout Central Washington and across the West. Smoke blanketed the Pacific Northwest, and whole towns were essentially wiped off the map.

COLUMN: Healthy Forests are the Key to Wildfire Prevention

Feb 17 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

In Central Washington, we understand that healthy forests are the true key to wildfire prevention. Each summer, we come face-to-face with the threat wildfires pose to our land, our communities, and our health.

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.