Homeowners, fire experts, and community leaders gathered to celebrate National Wildfire Preparedness Day at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake on Saturday, May 7, 2016. The two hour event over a ‘working lunch’ included presentations about current fuels reduction projects to protect the Whitefish Municipal Watershed and lands surrounding Whitefish, as well as a USFS forecast for the 2016 wildfire season. The second hour of the program involved a panel discussion about the importance of evacuation planning as part of wildfire preparedness.
An interesting article describes the Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada wildfire that forced 80,000 to evacuate within the context of increasingly earlier wildfires in Canada and far north that are indicative of a changing climate.
NATIONAL WILDFIRE COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS DAY!!!
ARE YOU READY FOR WILDFIRE SEASON?
READY, SET, GO!
(Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Saturday, May 7, 2016 11:00AM-1:00PM)
Welcome and introduction of Sponsors and partners (FireSafe Montana, WAFSC, USFS, DNRC, WFD)—Mike Frost, WAFSC and FireSafe Montana
Wildfire Season Forecast For 2016– Manny Mendoza, Assistant Fire Management Officer for the Flathead National Forest
Haskill Conservation Easement Project—Mayor John Muhlfeld
USFS & DNRC Fuels Reduction Projects in the Whitefish area including the Whitefish Municipal Watershed – Mike West, AFMO Fuels Tally Lake Ranger District
‘Firewise’ Community Reports – What some Whitefish communities are doing to address wildfire risks?
Whitefish ‘Community Wildfire Preparedness Plan’ (CWPP) Update – Ed Lieser
Organizing A ‘Fire Adapted Community’ -Ali Evans, Fire Prevention Specialist, DNRC & TBA
15- Minute Break (Buffet Lunch and Snacks)
[We’ll reconvene after the break with an informal discussion panel about Preparedness and Evacuation with questions and answer session.]
WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS AND EVACUATION PLANS
Panel Discussion on Preparedness & Evacuations With Q&A (Lincoln Chute, Flathead County Fire Marshall, Joe Page, Whitefish Fire Chief; Ben Devall, Whitefish Mountain Resort Fire Chief; Bill Swope, Ali Evans, DNRC, Bambi Goodman, WAFSC Board)
Concluding remarks & thanks
SPONSORED BY FIRESAFE MONTANA AND THE WHITEFISH AREA FIRE SAFE COUNCIL
[There will be a free buffet lunch for the first 25 people to arrive. An RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org would be greatly appreciated.]
For further information about wildfire preparedness, we invite you to review the following links: www.firesafemt.org; www.firewise.org/usa; and www.wafsc.com.
We look forward to seeing you on May 7, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake for an interesting, fun, and informative event.
WHITEFISH AREA FIRE SAFE COUNCIL
Fire Adapted Community Workshop April 29, 2016 5-9 PM Libby Memorial Center, 111 E. Lincoln Blvd, Libby, MT
FIRE ADAPTED COMMUNITY WORKSHOP, Friday, April 29, 2016 5-9 PM, Libby Memorial Center, 111 E. Lincoln Blvd.
WORKSHOP HIGHLIGHTS: Free Admission
* Lessons Learned from the 2015 wildfires—fire behavior, smoke, aircraft operations.
* How the wildfire management process works from the start of the fire through management of the fire, to the evacuation of homeowners, to when the fire is out.
* Ready-Set-Go—Are you prepared for a wildfire?
*Lincoln County Wildfire Preparedness Plan.
Start now to prepare your property for Fire Season!!!
For more information—please contact Ed Levert at the Lincoln County Fire Safe Council (406)293-2847 or www.lcfiresafe.com.