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 2024 WSFM leadership team includes: 

  • Chair: Vaughn Jones (CO)
  • Vice Chair: Josh Harvey (ID)
  • Secretary: Bill Waln (KS)
  • Past Chair: John Truett (AZ)
  • State Forester Advisor: Jamie Barnes (UT)
  • CWSF Staff Liaison: Halie Miyazawa

If you wish to contact a member of the Western State Fire Managers, please contact Halie Miyazawa


  • January 26, 2024 - Held in conjunction with CMS, Miramar Beach, FL
  • February 16, 2023 - Virtual
  • January 11-12, 2023 - Held in conjunction with CMS, Albuquerque, NM
  • March 15-17, 2022 - Virtual
  • March 16-18, 2021 - Virtual
  • March 10, 2020 - Virtual  
  • March 19-21, 2019 - Girdwood, AK
  • January 22, 2018 - Held in conjunction with CMS, Reno, NV 
  • 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 produces a report for the CWSF Fall Meeting. This report highlights key accomplishments from the past year and a look at work for the year ahead. Recent reports are featured below:

The WSFM Health & Wellness Subcommittee developed a new webpage focused on resources for wildland firefighters and their families. View the webpage.