Wildland Fire Associates provide fire management and planning services that help private and public landowners protect communities and sustain and restore ecosystems.

We base our guidelines on the best available science, we strive for synergistic solutions for achieving ecosystem and community sustainability, and we facilitate knowledge-based collaborative and adaptive management processes.


 

Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth is one of the original founders of Wildland Fire Associates and is currently the Chief Operating Officer. She had a 15-year career with the US Forest Service and National Park Service. Elizabeth started her federal career working on a helitack...
Carl Douhan

Carl Douhan

Mr. Douhan had 30 years of experience as a career employee with the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He served as a Regional Fire Management Officer for the NPS and as the Regional Prescribed Fire Specialist for the USFWS. He...
Brooks Henderson

Brooks Henderson

Brooks has 43 fire seasons of fire experience, and over 20 years experience on Type 1 and 2 Incident Management Teams in operations, planning, safety and fire behavior and is currently on a Type 1 incident management team. He has over 30 years of fuels...
Rod Hoibakk

Rod Hoibakk

Rod spent the bulk of his career in the US Forest Service in two different Regions and three National Forests. Emphasizing the planning and application of prescribed fire as an addition to wildland fire suppression duties, Rod created a reputation for...
Ben Jacobs

Ben Jacobs

Ben began his fire career in 1978 on the Los Padres National Forest. After 34 years working in fire management, Ben retired in 2014 from the National Park Service as the Sequoia and Kings Canyon Fuels Management Specialist. Ben received his BS in Forest...
Merrill Kaufmann

Merrill Kaufmann

Until retirement early in 2006, Merrill was the Rocky Mountain Research Station’s team leader for ecosystem management research in the Colorado Front Range. He remains active as a consultant and contract scientist in the research, fire, and land management c...
Art Latterell

Art Latterell

Art’s wildland fire management career began as a seasonal GS-2 BLM engine crewman. Nearly thirty three years later he retired as FWS National Fire Plan Coordinator. Intense Alaska fire seasons and the associated unique opportunities provided broad suppression a...
John Lissoway

John Lissoway

John is our lead instructor for many of the classes that Wildland Fire Associates offers. Armed with a degree in Forest Management, John has over 29 years experience in fire and resources management and in training. He has had 22 years experience as supervisor...
Esther Mandeno

Esther Mandeno

Esther complements Wildland Fire Associates experience with technology. As a GIS Specialist with a Fire Ecology background, Esther bridges the technological gap. Esther started her career working for California State Parks in the Lake Tahoe Basin. As...
Rich McCrea

Rich McCrea

During his career, Rich worked 32 years in fire management and forestry. Outfitted with a degree in Forest Management, he started his career as a seasonal employee with the Forest Service as a forestry technician and member of the Helena Interagency Hotshot...
Dan O'Brien

Dan O'Brien

With over 39 years in the field of wildland fire management, Dan brings a deep “above the situation” perspective on forest fire suppression and planning. Beginning as a firefighter and smokejumper, Dan soon became a hotshot crew supervisor. This solid fou...
Phil Perkins

Phil Perkins

Phil has over 35 years of experience in wildland fire management with the USFS, BLM and NPS. He began his career with 10 seasons of dirt time on helitack and hotshot crews, and as a smokejumper. Phil has extensive experience in fire behavior, prescribed...
Stephen Petersburg

Stephen Petersburg

Steve directed natural resource management and natural science research programs at Dinosaur National Monument from 1973 into 2002. Major activities included endangered species recovery programs, environmental compliance, research administration, fire...