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Steering Committee

Project Wildfire Steering Committee

Project Wildfire is the only group across the nation formed by County Ordinance to specifically address the risks of wildland fire in a community.

Project Wildfire is governed by a diverse volunteer Steering Committee of up to 27 members with specified representation.  It is comprised of local, state and federal government agencies, higher education institutions, as well as private sector members representing business, marketing, private forestry, homeowners associations, insurance, the environmental community, and citizens at large.  Committee meetings are open to the public and occur from 8:00 am to 9:30 am on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Deschutes County Services Building located at 1300 NW Wall St. in Bend, Oregon.

Although the word collaboration gets thrown around a lot these days, Project Wildfire is successful because of our partnerships and collective resources that allow us to succeed where an individual or one agency may not. Project Wildfire utilizes collaboration at every level – from our general membership to our work in neighborhoods and communities to make central Oregon safer against the threat of wildland fire.

Below is a current list of Project Wildfire’s membership.

Ken Kehnma

Fire Rep 1

Redmond Fire Chief 

Gary Marshal

Fire Rep 2

Deschutes Rural Fire District #2

Dan Daugherty

Fire Rep 3

La Pine Fire Dept.

Doug Green (Vice Chair)

Fire Rep 4

Bend/Sisters Fire Dept.


Insurance Industry


Brandon Fogelman

Business Community


Nick Ahnen


At Large 

Chris Perry

911 Service District

Deschutes County


Community Development Dept.

Deschutes County

Dan Galecki

Private Forestry

Spin Drift Forestry

Patti Gentiluomo


Sunriver HOA

Dave Gibson


Black Butte Ranch HOA

Dean Richardson


Upper Deschutes River Community

 Bob Pohly


Mountain High

 Nathan Garibay

Sheriff’s Office – Emergency Mgmt.

Deschutes County

Oliver Tatom

Citizen Rep

At Large

Jessica Leberge


At Large

David Morman

Citizen Rep

At Large – Red Cross

Gordon Foster

Oregon Dept. of Forestry

ODF – Unit Forester

Kevin Stock

US Forest Service


Ariel Cowan

Oregon State University Extension Service

OSU Extension Agent

Paula Simone

Central Oregon Community College



Environmental Community

Kevin Moriarty

Project Wildfire Chair

County Forester

Deschutes County

Tony DeBone

County Commissioner

Deschutes County

Corinne Heiner

Project Wildfire Director

FAC Coordinator

Deschutes County