USA — Gov. Jan Brewer announced Monday that she has appointed a veteran wildfire official from Washington state as Arizona’s new state forester.
Victoria “Vicki” Christiansen served as Washington state forester, beginning her career for the state Department of Natural Resources as a wildland fire fighter and rising in the ranks through a variety of management posts. Christiansen served as Washington’s forester from 2006 to early 2009.
Christiansen replaces Kirk Rowdabaugh, an appointee of former Gov. Janet Napolitano.
An Arizona Senate committee on Monday endorsed Christiansen’s appointment and recommended that the full Senate confirm it.