Washington state Senate passes no man’s land bill

In a response to the controversies that followed the Dry Creek fire, which burned 49,000 acres and the Silver Dollar Restaurant in central Washington in August, 2009, the Washington state Senate has passed Engrossed Senate Bill 6462 which requires firefighters to take action on a fire even if it is outside their fire protection district, or in “no man’s land” as it has been called. Wildfire Today has written several times about this issue.

There was criticism after the fire that the landmark restaurant and some private property burned because no fire protection district was responsible for fire suppression in the area.

The bill also provides some protection from liability for firefighters working in no man’s land.

Here is the full text of the bill, minus the preamble verbiage, approved on Monday, which now heads to the House.


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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

One thought on “Washington state Senate passes no man’s land bill”

  1. Ah, the classic unfunded government mandate: you will offer government services to those folks who find it in their own best self-interest to avoid paying for essential services like fire protection. As a firefighter, I think that there is a loop hole so big in this act that you could drive a Type 3 Wildland engine thru it: “safe and reasonable manner” – a judgement call that is based on the firefighters best training and experience, coupled with 10/18/LCES and existing conditions on the ground at the time of the decision to engage or ignore.
    So the whiners think that they’ve won, but lets see how implementation on the ground plays out.


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