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Wildland fire advisory committee.

(1) The commissioner must appoint and maintain a wildland fire advisory committee to generally advise the commissioner on all matters related to wildland firefighting in the state. This includes, but is not limited to, developing recommendations regarding department capital budget requests related to wildland firefighting and developing strategies to enhance the safe and effective use of private and public wildland firefighting resources.   
(2) The commissioner may appoint members to the wildland fire advisory committee as the commissioner determines is the most helpful in the discharge of the commissioner's duties. However, at a minimum, the commissioner must invite the following:
(a) Two county commissioners, one from east of the crest of the Cascade mountains and one from west of the crest of the Cascade mountains;
(b) Two owners of industrial land, one an owner of timberland and one an owner of rangeland;
(c) The state fire marshal or a representative of the state fire marshal's office;
(d) Two individuals with the title of fire chief, one from a community located east of the crest of the Cascade mountains and one from a community located west of the crest of the Cascade mountains;
(e) An individual with the title of fire commissioner whose authority is pursuant to chapter 52.14 RCW;
(f) A representative of a federal wildland firefighting agency;
(g) A representative of a tribal nation;
(h) A representative of a statewide environmental organization;
(i) A representative of a state land trust beneficiary; and
(j) A small forest landowner.
(3) The local wildland fire liaison serves as the administrative chair for the wildland fire advisory committee.
(4) The department must provide staff support for all committee meetings.
(5) The wildland fire advisory committee must meet at the call of the administrative chair for any purpose that directly relates to the duties set forth in subsection (1) of this section or as is otherwise requested by the commissioner or the administrative chair.
(6) Each member of the wildland fire advisory committee serves without compensation but may be reimbursed for travel expenses as authorized in RCW 43.03.050 and 43.03.060.
(7) The members of the wildland fire advisory committee, or individuals acting on their behalf, are immune from civil liability for official acts performed in the course of their duties.
(8) All requirements in this section are subject to the availability of amounts appropriated for the specific purposes described.
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