Western State Fire Managers

Western State Fire Managers

Western State Fire Managers (WSFM) is a committee established by CWSF and comprised of fire managers from 17 western states and Pacific Islands.

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The purpose of the WSFM is to:

  • Collect information, provide detailed analysis and make recommendations to the CWSF on fire issues affecting the 17 western states and six Pacific Islands.  Aid in merging regional viewpoints, focusing attention and reaching consensus on a western approach to fire issues.
  • Serve as a sounding board on fire-related issues concerning the National Wildfire Coordination Group (NWCG), National Association of State Foresters (NASF) committees, federal agencies, etc.
  • Offer a western perspective on needs related to fire equipment development and fire research.
  • Provide a forum for collaboration among Western Fire Managers and other fire-related organizations to disseminate fire information and innovations.

The WSFM holds monthly conference calls and an annual meeting. The WSFM leadership team includes: 

  • Chair: Norm McDonald (AK)
  • Vice Chair: John Truett (AZ)
  • Secretary: Vaughn Jones (CO)
  • Past Chair: Vacant
  • State Forester Advisor: Jamie Barnes (UT)
  • CWSF/WFLC Staff Liaison: Laura Wagner

WSFM Members and Directory:

If you wish to contact a member of the Western State Fire Managers, please contact Laura Wagner


  • 2023 - TBD
  • March 15-17, 2022 - Virtual
  • March 16-18, 2021 - Virtual
  • March 10, 2020 - Virtual  
  • March 19-21, 2019, Girdwood, AK
  • January 22, 2018, Reno, NV (In coordination with the CMS meeting) 
  • March 15-17, 2017, Lake Tahoe, NV
  • March 16-18, 2016, Sunriver, OR
  • March 17-19, 2015, Missoula, MT
  • March 18-21, 2014, Hawai‘i
  • March 19-21, 2013, Nebraska City, NE
  • March 19-21, 2012, San Diego, CA
  • March 22-24, 2011, Scottsdale, AZ
  • March 23-25, 2010, Las Vegas, NV


Each year, the WSFM leadership team and WUI leadership team produces a report out for the CWSF Fall Meeting. These reports highlight key accomplishments from the year, and look forward to emerging issues for the coming year. Yearly report outs are featured below: