About FireSafe Montana

FireSafe Montana is a private, non-profit organization coordinating and supporting a statewide coalition of diverse interests working together to help Montanans make their homes, neighborhoods, and communities fire safe.

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Wildland Fire Fuels Management Video

For an excellent video prepared by the Bureau of Indian Affairs about wildland fuels reductions to manage forests and to mitigate wildfire risk, please click here.

Northfork ‘Firewise’ Day Set For Wednesday, July 13, 2016 0930–12:00 PM

2016 North Fork Firewise Day

North Fork Landowners Association

Fire Mitigation Committee


Wednesday, July 13, 2016   0930 – 1200

Sondreson Community Hall, Whale Creek


Time Presenter Topic
0930 Allen Chrisman Welcome & Introductions
0935 Angela Mallon Analyzing Fuel Treatment Effectiveness (or Why One Size Doesn’t Fit All)
1005 Allen Chrisman Your Home Can Survive a Wildfire  – Jack Cohen Video
1030 Break  
1045 Lincoln Chute Flathead County Evacuation Planning
1105 Andy Huntsberger 2016 Fire Season Projections
1125 Bill Swope/

Carol Daly

FEPC Hazardous Fuels Grant Status and Opportunities
1135 Christine Johnson FireSafe Montana
1145 Molly Shepherd Wrap-up and Adjourn

Allen Chrisman would like to remind people to plan on staying for the Interlocal after the Firewise Day–bring a potluck side to share if you can.  NFLA is hosting the event with homemade sloppy joes!

Remembering The ‘Granite Mountain Nineteen’

City of Arizona Hot Shots                             Photo by Wade Ward/Prescott Firefighter


June 30 marks the third anniversary of one of the deadliest days in American firefighting history when 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots lost their lives at Yarnell Hill, Arizona on June 30, 2013.  We remember these fine young wildland firefighters, not only to honor them and their families, but to also remind others of the need to remain ever vigilant to the deadly risks that wildfires pose to everyone, especially those who put themselves on the ‘Fire Line’.

We invite wildland firefighters everywhere, as well as those who care about them, to consider a ‘moment of silence’ and reflection for these nineteen firefighters and their families in order to keep this tragic loss in mind to help reduce the chances of similar tragedies in the future.

For an excellent new book about this heartbreaking event, please see ‘THE FIRE LINE’, The Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and One of the Deadliest Days in American Firefighting, Fernanda Santos, Flatiron Books, New York, (2016).

Governor Bullock Urges Montanans To Be Extra Careful This Fourth of July Weekend

CONTACT: Crystal Beckman (406) 542-4251 clbeckman@mt.gov
June 28, 2016
Governor Bullock Encourages Extra Caution Due to Heightened Wildfire Risk
HELENA, MT – Governor Steve Bullock encourages Montanans to take extra precautions with fireworks, campfires and other outdoor activities during their Independence Day celebrations.
“The recent high temperatures and dry conditions have elevated the wildfire danger across the state, particularly in the southeast portion of the state; where conditions are extremely dry. These conditions coupled with fireworks and increasing summer recreation have put firefighters on heightened alert,” Bullock said. “One careless spark could ignite the next wildfire.”
Firefighting agencies across Montana dedicate themselves to keeping communities safe from wildfires but it takes everyone working together. Bullock stressed, “We all have an important role in preventing wildfires to ensure we keep Montana green.”
Montanans are reminded that fireworks are prohibited on all state and federal lands, and present a wildfire risk wherever there is dry vegetation. Bullock also reminded recreationists to never leave a campfire or barbecue unattended, check tow chains to assure they are not dragging, and remember that vehicles parked or driving in tall vegetation can start a fire. “By using our ‘One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire’ motto we can celebrate our independence while being fire-safe,” Bullock said.
Firefighters are already in action across Montana with the recent Moser Dome Road Fire near Laurel, Yates 2 Fire in Carter County and pervious fires in Rosebud County and Powder River County. Central and western Montana is also keeping busy with initial attack on new starts. Crews are working hard to put out these fires before they grow in size. Montana’s fire activity coupled with major fires burning in California, Arizona, South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and Alaska, is putting a demand on firefighting resources across the West.
Contact your local fire department for informa
tion on any local fire restrictions.

Extraordinary Event To Be Held in Helena, Saturday June 18, 2016

One-Third Mile to Safety: A Family’s Story

Learn to Plan for Emergency Situations and Evacuations

HELENA, MONT., June 8, 2016-The story begins in 2003 with a human-caused wildfire in southern California that burned more than 280,000 acres and 2,232 homes, but most importantly and tragically, led to the untimely death of a bright, young woman named Ashleigh Roach.

Helena residents will hear the story of Ashley and her family on June 18th during the “One-Third Mile to Safety: A Family’s Story” staff ride that will begin at 9 a.m. at the Neighborhood Assembly of God Church (725 Granite Ave.) in Helena. Allyson Roach-Ashleigh’s sister-and her husband and children will be at the event in Helena, as well.

The “One-Third Mile to Safety” is the Roach family’s story-they lived one-third of a mile from their local volunteer fire department, yet not all of their family members were able to safely evacuate their home. Ashleigh Roach, age 16, was killed in the fire during the family’s evacuation.

The One-Third Mile to Safety staff ride is open to everyone and is free-of-charge (coffee/lunch will be available for purchase), and will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 18th. Participants will take a guided, 1/3-mile walk along Le Grande Cannon Blvd. and Silverette Street, stopping at several stations to hear the evacuation story from the perspective of the Roach family members. After the walk, Allyson Roach will address participants with her first-hand accounts of that day and advice on how people can prevent this from happening to their own families. Afterward, Lewis & Clark County Sheriff Dutton will discuss local evacuation procedures, and volunteer firefighters and emergency coordinators will discuss pre-season mitigation opportunities for homeowners.

“This will be a very emotional day, full of powerful and inspirational messages,” said Sonny Stiger, Tri-County FireSafe Working Group representative and retired Forest Service Fire Behavior Analyst. “It is not meant to be a light-hearted experience but it IS meant to be an experience that moves our Montana neighbors into taking action: to get prepared and ready for wildfire season, each and every year; and to evacuate if or when that call is made.”

FireSafe Montana, Tri-County FireSafe Working Group, Broadwater County, Jefferson County, Lewis and Clark County, Lewis & Clark Rural Fire Council, City of Helena, Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, State Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, and other partners are co-hosting the “One-Third Mile to Safety” staff ride to help share the Roach Family’s tragic story in hopes that Montana residents will be prepared if/when wildfire is near their home(s).

“No one can be too prepared,” Lori Roach said in a letter to Ravalli County residents in 2010, when they participated in a similar staff ride. “And what our experience demonstrates is that you have to have a plan. You have to have a back-up plan. You have to have a third plan. You have to have an all-holes, unplugged, extraordinary circumstances plan. In fire situations, my advice is if an evacuation order is given, go. Drop everything, go.”

For more information contact: Pat McKelvey at 459-8225, Kathy Bushnell at 495-3747, or Doris Davis at 422-6875.

*Although there will be transportation provided from the last station back to the church, people need to be able to walk at least one-third of a mile to participate in this event.*