Portland NIMO Incident Management Team

Barbara Day

Bea Day - Incident Commander 

Bea has worked for the Forest Service since 1985.  She began her career on the Sawtooth NF in Idaho as a seasonal, working in Timber and in Fire as a Hotshot crew member.  Bea received her permanent appointment in 1990 on the Tonto National Forest and over the next 20 years worked in a variety of jobs as an Engine Captain, District Assistant Fire Management Officer, and Forest Assistant Fire Management Officer.  She moved to the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands and was the Forest Fire Management Officer from 2008 through 2016 when she moved into the Risk Management Officer for Fire Operations job in the Southwestern Regional Office. 

During her time in the Southwest, she had tenures as Incident Commander of a Type 2 Incident Management Team and as IC for the Southwest Type 1 IMT.  In 2019, she moved into her current role as the Incident Commander for the Portland National Incident Management Organization (NIMO). Barbara.Day@usda.gov

Kris Eriksen

Kris Eriksen - Public Information Officer

Kris began working in fire in college as a summer job, never thinking it would become a career.  She has a degree in Organizational Administration and a minor in Journalism with more than 15 years in corporate public relations and 12 years as a reporter.  She began her 35 years in fire in 1984.

An “on call” Information Officer, dispatched through the Alaska Division of Forestry, she advanced to Type 1 status in 2004.  Kris has been deployed with the Alaska Type 1 Incident Management Team, as well as other National Type 1 and 2 teams, often as the lead Information Officer, on many of the nation’s and Alaska’s largest wildland fires and all-hazard assignments.  She was the lead on an Alaska Type 2 Incident Management Team for five years.

She was responsible for creating the first multi-agency Fire Information website in New Mexico during a 3 month detail in 2006.  She successfully set up and ran a two state, multi-jurisdictional Joint Information Center during the largest fire siege in Georgia/Florida history in 2007 and since then has run many more.  Prior to her employment with NIMO and the Forest Service, Eriksen worked with the FEMA Region 10 Public Affairs Cadre for six years handling public information and media functions during floods, tornados, earthquakes and hurricanes nationally.

She has extensive experience in public relations for a variety of corporations, worked in hospital marketing, owned her own public relations and graphic design agency and expanded her public relations business to teach fire and emergency response classes.  In prior years, she has also been a radio broadcast journalist and a newspaper reporter.  kris.eriksen@usda.gov

Lorri Benefield

Lorri Benefield - Planning Section Chief

Lorri began her fire management career in 1979 as a member of a helitack crew on the Paulina District of the Ochoco National Forest (NF). She was an original members of the Prineville Hotshot crew when it started in 1980. She spent four years on the Prineville IHC and during that time completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from Oregon State University. In 1984 she received a Coop position in Fuels Management on the Ochoco NF and and returned to school to get a Masters Degree in Fire Science from the University of Washington. She became a permanent employee with the Forest Service in 1987. She worked as a Assistant Fire Management Officer in fuels from 1987-1997 on the Ochoco, Siuslaw and Deschutes NFs.

In 1998, Lorri became the Fire Management Officer on the Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District, Deschutes NF. In 2002, she took the position as the Cascade Division Fire Management Officer in the newly created Central Oregon Fire Management Service (COFMS) Organization. This Division included two districts of the Deschutes NF and a portion of the Prineville BLM District. In 2004 she became a COFMS Deputy Interagency FMO. In 2008 Lorri moved to the Utah BLM State Office as a Budget and Fire Planner. In 2009 she retired and started her own small business.

Lorri’s business allowed her to teach a wide variety of wildland fire training courses, fill the Planning Section Chief role for the Utah Wildfire Academy for several years and serve as an Incident Command System (ICS) Advisor and preparer of the After Action Review for the U.S. Coast Guard and BP Oil Company during the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010.

Lorri has been an active member of incident management teams since the early 1990’s. She has been a Planning Section Chief for Type 1 and 2 incident management teams in the Pacific Northwest since 1994. lorri.benefield@usda.gov

Russell Long

Russell Long - Operations Section Chief 

Russ started his career in 1990 on the Los Padres N.F., on an engine and then got his introduction into the Hotshots on the Los Prietos Hotshots. Russ attended Chico State University in Northern California, worked on the Tahoe Hotshots and later moved on to the BLM on the Diamond Mountain Hotshots.  Russ also worked on the Craig District BLM in Colorado as a Heavy Engine Foreman and attended the JATP apprenticeship academy. Russ then moved on to a Captain position, on the Fulton Hotshots in 1997 on the Sequoia National Forest.

In 2001 with the expansion of IHC’s, Russ started a new Forest Service Interagency Hotshot Crew on the Boise National Forest which received full certification in October 2001. Russ was Superintendent there from 2001-2004, before he switched gears and took an AFMO position on the Idaho City Ranger District on the Boise N.F. While on the Boise, Russ attended TFM. In 2009, Russ moved to a Zone Fire Management Officer position in Rifle, Colorado. After three years in Rifle, Russ then served as the West Zone FMO in Grand Junction CO for BLM.

Just before starting with NIMO, Russ was the Military Zone FMO working for the BLM, Alaska Fire Service. Russ has been a primary OSC2 on a Great Basin IMT and has served as a primary OSC1 on Hahnenberg’s and Blume’s Rocky Mountain IMT1, and on the Alaska IMT. Russ became qualified as an ICT2 in 2018. He lives in Boise with his wife Janel and son Garret (16).  Cole and Carson (20) are fighting fires in the summer and attend University of Alaska Fairbanks. Russell.Long2@usda.gov

Stu Rodeffer
Stu Rodeffer - Logistics Section Chief 

Stu was raised as a military kid (Navy) primarily in Hawaii and Maine. He joined the Marine Corps but was medically discharged after 9 1/2 years of service, not the career that he had planned for unfortunately. 

Stu started over as an EMT and volunteer firefighter in Arizona. He transitioned to full time status in 1995 working for Corona De Tucson, Picture Rocks, and finally the Northwest Fire District. During this time Stu was heavily involved in wildland on engines and a Type 2 IA crew, that crew became the Ironwood Hotshots in 2008. Realizing his injuries were not going to allow continuous crew life in 2004, he started to peruse Logistics to support the folks on the ground, where his heart has remained. 

In 2010, he became a Type 1 Logs Chief. In the structure world Stu progressed from a paramedic, to an engine captain, to a battalion chief and safety officer. In 2012 he completed his BS in OSHA with a fire service concentration . Stu retired from the structural fire service in 2018 and took a position as the safety and logistics officer with Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management. 

He has a diverse response history being involved in multiple incidents some more challenging than others but all a team effort in the wildland and all-hazard environment. He currently facilitates leadership and risk training, and is actively involved nationally with the pursuit of organizational, professional, personnel and personal growth in the rapidly changing environment.

Sirena Sams

Sirena Fugitt - Finance Section Chief

Sirena began working with the Forest Service in 1987 as a summer hire with the Willamette National Forest.  She continued working summers while attending the University of Oregon.  In 1990, she transferred to Western Oregon State University and worked part time as an Accounting Technician at the Supervisor’s Office for the Siuslaw National Forest.  Following graduation, she received a permanent appointment in Budget & Finance with the Siuslaw.  From 1992 to 2005 she was a Financial Management Trainee turned Budget Analyst and in 2005 was promoted to the Forest Budget Officer, where she held that position until May 2011. 

In 1992 Sirena had her first fire assignment as a Personnel Time Recorder and over time explored other positions in finance such as an Equipment Time Recorder, Cost Unit Leader, Time Unit Leader, and Finance Section Chief.  The time spent working within the fire organization, whether with incident management teams or teaching classes, created a passion that would set her on the next phase of her Forest Service life.  Most of Sirena’s fire career has been engaged with incident business and when an opportunity arose to be able to work in fire full time she jumped at it.  In May 2011 she accepted the position with the Portland NIMO team as their finance section chief.  Sirena has been involved with incident management teams for nineteen years, of which twelve were spent with the Pacific Northwest Team 3.  Assignments include fires that span across twelve different states, assisted with numerous hurricane assignments and provided support to the World Trade Center disaster.  sirena.fugitt@usda.gov

Tim SampsonTim Sampson - Safety Officer (Detailed - May 8 to Sept 8, 2020)

Tim is currently the Fire and Aviation Staff Officer, Colville National Forest, Colville, WA. He started his career with the MN DNR in 1992 as a seasonal employee in fire management as he was attending college for Forestry in Ely MN. In 1994 he was hired with the USFS on the Powell RD, Clearwater NF on a fire crew. Over the years he has worked in 3 Regions and 4 Forest working on hand crews and engines. In the spring of 2013 he became the Fire and Aviation Staff Officer on the Colville NF.

Since 2003 he has assisted on over 47 incidents as a Line Safety Officer, Safety Officer Type 2 or Safety Officer Type 1. Within these incidents he has experienced a wide spectrum of assignments as a Safety Officer.

Multiple 21 day assignments in Alaska, Multiple Type 1 fires in California,  Multiple Type 1, 2 and 3 incidents in Northern Rockies, Great Basin, and Pacific Northwest, 42 day as a line safety on Hurricane Katrina recovery, SOF1 for Puerto Rico Hurricane recovery, and recently assisted Spokane WA region under ESF4 with COVID-19. 

Tim is currently the Team Safety Officer on PNW3 a Type 1 team in the Pacific NW. He has passion for managing risks and understands the role and importance of this Command staff on an IMT. Timothy.sampson@usda.gov





Key Contacts

Atlanta Incident Commander
Mike Quesinberry
Boise Incident Commander
Joe Reinarz
Phoenix Incident Commander
Bob Houseman
Portland Incident Commander
Bea Day
Portland NIMO group photo July 2019

The Portland NIMO team in July 2019 at the Boundary Fire in Tok, Alaska

A gentleman in a NIMO shirt talking on a cell phone under a sign that says flight operations

Portland NIMO Operations Section Chief Russ Long at the Cornucopia Fire

PDX NIMO PIO Kris Eriksen on the phone

PDX NIMO PIO Kris Eriksen on the phone on the Boundary River Fire in Tok, Alaska 2019

Two NIMO team members discussing a plan

PDX NIMO Operations Chief Russ Long and Logistics Chief Leslie Morgan at the 2019 Boundary Fire in Tok, Alaska

OSC Jon Teutrine using the

OSC Jon Teutrine, on loan from PHX NIMO, uses the "speaker" to brief the field at the Cornucopia Complex in Upper Yukon, Alaska

PDX NIMO Finance Sirena Fugitt & IC Bea Day at C & G, 2019 Boundary Fire, Tok, AK

PDX NIMO FSC Sirena Fugitt & IC Bea Day during C&G at the 2019 Boundary Fire, Tok AK

PDX NIMO at 416 Fire in Durango, CO June 2018

PDX NIMO at 416 Fire in Durango, CO June 2018

People in a group watching a screen during a fire close out

PDX NIMO IC Bea Day attends close out meeting with agency administrators at the Boundary River Fire in Tok, Alaska 2019