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Katie Lighthall

Coordinator, Western Region of the Wildland Fire Leadership Council

Katie manages the Western Region of the Wildland Fire Leadership Council (WFLC). In addition to advancing the broader priorities of WFLC, the Western Region leads implementation of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy through inclusive interaction with those who have an interest in the outcomes of wildland fire. Working across the west, meeting stakeholders where they are, she facilitates the development and enhancement of enabling conditions that support:

  • Improvement and innovation in wildlands
  • Identification and remediation/removal of barriers
  • Collaborative identification and prioritization¬†
  • Co-management of risk
  • Acceptance of short-term risk for long-term benefit

Prior to joining the Wildland Fire Leadership Council, Katie enjoyed a rewarding career as Director of Project Wildfire, an education and mitigation organization in Oregon. She also spent over a decade as a structural and wildland firefighter, fire inspector and fire prevention specialist at Redmond Fire & Rescue and Bend Fire & Rescue. All of this experience contributes to her current journey of helping partners achieve landscape resiliency, community resiliency and fire adaptation, and a safer, more effective wildfire response. 

Katie is a proud alumnus of the University of Washington (GO DAWGS!) and counts the Pacific Northwest as her home but loves to spend time traveling with her husband and two dogs to places where they can camp, hike and be on the water. 

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