Chris White

Owner, Anchor Point Group

Chris has specialized in Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Management for over 30 years. Chris started his fire career in 1987 working with both the U.S. and Colorado State Forest Service on a wildland hand crew. When not on fires, he was charged with pre-planning for approximately 1,100 subdivisions for wildland fire hazards and developing mitigation plans to reduce wildfire impacts throughout Colorado. Chris became Colorado’s first county-level Wildland Fire Coordinator in Summit County in 1990. He has worked within Planning and Building Departments as the wildfire mitigation specialist, as well as a career and volunteer structural and wildland firefighter. Chris is now the C.O.O. and founding member of Anchor Point Group LLC, founded in 1999. This team of professional wildfire consultants specializes in utilizing fire science for risk assessments, the development of Community Wildfire Protection Plans, watershed management planning, expert witness and operational pre-incident planning. Chris has worked on National policy and standards. These include: • Western Governors Association (WGA) Federal Fire Policy Review Committee • Wildfire policy, fire investigator and instructor for FEMA, • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Wildland Fire Technical Committee • National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Hazard and Risk Assessment Methodology • International Association of Fire Chief’s (IAFC) fire fighter crosswalk program and Fire Leaders Guide to Community Wildfire Planning • NFPA FireWise – original development committee • International Wildland Urban Interface Code – original development committee and instructor Recent project work: • City of Fort Collins Drinking Water - Wildfire risk assessment Poudre Canyon, CO • Los Alamos National Laboratory – Fire Management Planning, NM • FEMA – Fire investigation / loss avoidance Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge, TN • Angeles National Forest – comprehensive fire planning, CA • Department of Defense- Facility Fire Plan, Oregon and Tennessee National Guard • State of Nebraska – Statewide risk assessment, NE • No-HARM – Insurance underwriting tool for 50 states

Chris is speaking at

October 10, 2019
7:30 am - 5:00 pm


  • Jolie Breeden (Tour Leader) Lead Editor and Science Communicator, Natural Hazards Center
  • Michael Kodas (Tour Leader) Freelance Author and Photojournalist
  • Mike Battaglia (Speaker) USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station
  • Peter Brown (Speaker) Director and President, Rocky Mountain Tree-Ring Research
  • Carol Dollard (Speaker) Fire Chief, Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department
  • Gabe Donaldson (Speaker) Manager, Colorado Fire Program, The Nature Conservancy
  • Chela Garcia (Speaker) Director of Conservation Programs, Hispanic Access Foundation
  • Russ Schumacher (Speaker) Colorado State Climatologist, Colorado State University
  • Chris White (Speaker) Owner, Anchor Point Group
  • George Wuerthner (Speaker) Public Lands Media


(7:30 a.m. departure, $45 fee, lunch included)

This tour is full. If you wish to be put on the waiting list, contact Kevin Beaty.

The past year has seen the biggest, the deadliest and the costliest wildfires on record. These extremes stem from numerous factors, including a warmer climate, forest management trends and more people living in harm’s way. Wildfire has gone from having something of a season, to plaguing the nation year-round, and none of these conditions are likely to change soon. Considering its broad and cascading impacts, it’s likely environmental reporters will find more than one occasion to include wildfire in their work. This tour will travel through forests and burned areas above Fort Collins to provide a comprehensive look at fire in Colorado. Participants will learn about its history, wildland firefighting, climate change and fire weather, community resilience and human behavior in fire, fire management at the local and national level, and post-fire impacts such as debris flows and invasive species encroachment. We’re going to get down and dirty in the Wildland-Urban Interface, so bring your backpacks, hiking boots and enough energy to complete an easy to mid-level hike. Total drive time: 3.5 hours. Good for those looking for some exercise. 

Advance registration is required for all Thursday tours. Attendance on each tour is strictly limited, so registering early is important. All Thursday tours will return to the Lory Student Center at about 5:00 p.m.

IMPORTANT DEPARTURE INFORMATION: Please meet your tour leaders near the SEJ registration desk on the third floor of the Lory Student Center at the listed departure time to check-in for your tour. Eat breakfast at your hotel before arrival or plan to purchase breakfast at the Lory Student Center food court, which opens at 7:00 a.m.; coffee and snacks will be provided for tours that depart before the food court opens. Each tour will leave the ballroom as a group to board buses at a nearby location. Do not be late.

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