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Whitefish Area FireSafe Council Celebrates National Wildfire Preparedness Day

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.

manny2(1)  Manny Mendoza of USFS discusses the forecast for the 2016 wildfire season.

ed leiser(1)Fire behavior analyst, state representative, and WAFSC board member Ed Lieser discusses the Whitefish Community Wildfire Protection Plan.

mike west(1)Mike West of USFS outlines fuels reduction projects to help protect the Whitefish Municipal Watershed.

Mayor John MuhlfeldWhitefish Mayor John Muhlfeld discusses the Haskill Conservation Easement that will help protect the rural character of Whitefish.

Interesting Article About Fort McMurray Wildfire That Forced 80,000 To Be Evacuated in Alberta

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.

Wildfire Preparedness Day Event To Be Held In Whitefish Saturday May 7, 2016


                                       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.]


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



[There will be a free buffet lunch for the first 25 people to arrive.  An RSVP to wafiresc@gmail.com 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

                                 FIRESAFE MONTANA





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.


*  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.