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


Too Much Smoke Means Not Enough Fire

Sep 14 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

Sometimes, to stop fires, you have to start them.

Newhouse Announces FEMA Funding for Firefighters in Central Washington

Sep 8 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) announced that the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded over $515,000 to Okanogan County Fire District 6 in Twisp and Douglas County through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program.


Reps. Newhouse, McMorris Rodgers, Schrier Invite USDA and DOI Secretaries to Visit Central Washington in Midst of Historic Wildfires

Aug 24 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Dan Newhouse (WA-04), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), and Kim Schrier (WA-08) invited U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S.

House Agriculture Committee Approves Newhouse-Led Disaster Relief Bill

Jul 28 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after the House Agriculture Committee advanced his legislation, the WHIP+ Reauthorization Act, to provide much-needed relief to agriculture producers who experienced impacts from natural disasters in 2020 and 2021.

Putting a Stop to Catastrophic Wildfires

Jul 27 Weekly Column and Op-Ed

This summer, with severe drought and hot temperatures throughout the West, the threat of wildfires is once again at the forefront of everyone’s minds. Tens of thousands of acres in Washington alone are burning, and it’s not even August.

Newhouse Advocates for Agriculture Relief Following Historic Wildfires, Droughts, Heat in PNW

Jul 27 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Reps. Dan Newhouse (WA-04) and Suzan DelBene (WA-01) led a bipartisan, bicameral effort to secure more relief for farmers, ranchers, and other agriculture producers in the western United States affected by historic wildfires, droughts, and extreme heat.

Newhouse Introduces Legislation to Prevent Wildfires

Jul 20 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) introduced H.R.4573, the Stop Causing Alarming Tree, Air, and Soil Trauma Resulting from Obstructive Progressives' and Hypocritical Environmentalists' Schemes Act (Stop CATASTROPHES Act).

Newhouse Leads Forum on Skyrocketing Lumber Prices and the Impacts on American Forests

Jun 29 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) and House Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (AR-04) led a forum on skyrocketing lumber costs and potential solutions to the resulting impacts on American forests and communities.

Newhouse Backs Legislation to Expedite Disaster Assistance to Rural Communities

Jun 16 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) sponsored Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ (WA-05) Making Aid for Local Disasters Equal Now Act (MALDEN Act) to expedite the deployment of disaster assistance to rural communities impacted by a natural disaster. The bill is named after the town of Malden, Washington, which was devastated by the Babb Road Fire in 2020.