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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.



Save the date!!! Kootenai Wildland Firefighter Challenge Saturday June 11, 2016 Libby, MT

The fourth Kootenai Wildland Firefighter Challenge is scheduled for Saturday, June 11, 2016 beginning at 11:00 AM to ? at Pioneer Park in Libby, MT.  Games begin at noon with the awards ceremony at 4:30 PM and dinner and an auction following that.  Contestants check in at 11:00 AM, and the gates open to the public at noon.

Who: Challenge Contestants are firefighters from the Northwest Zone, including DNRC, USFS, Local Fire, National Park Service, Tribal, Idaho Panhandle, and other firefighter teams.  Teams are made up of 3-5 members.

Where:  Pioneer Park, 409 W. Balsam St., Libby, MT.  (From Hwy 2 turn south on Main, go .4 of a mile, turn right on Balsam, the park entrance is on the left).

What:  The Challenge is a series of competitive events for firefighter teams to compete in.  Events are made up from firefighting techniques and tasks that occur on a fire.  The winning team takes home the coveted ‘Roving Trophy’.

Why:  The purposes of the event are:

*  To raise money for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation by hosting competitive wildland firefighter games, auctions, and dinner.

*  To build camaraderie among firefighters, and to prepare them for the mental and physical demands they will face in the upcoming wildfire season.

*  It offers a unique opportunity for the public to interact with fire crews and to witness the rigorous physical demands placed on a wildland firefighter.

*  To educate the public in ‘Fire Wise’  best practices.

Rifle Raffle Tickets Now on Sale!!!  The ‘Challenge’ is open to the public FREE of Admission Charge.

For more information, please contact Terry at (406)293-8099

kc 10                                                                                                   2015 Champs

Communities Threatened By Wildfires

Communities Threatened by Wildfires, 2000-2014

Explore which communities have been threatened by nearby wildfires from 2000 to 2014.

  • More than 4,200 communities had a wildfire of 100+ acres burn within ten miles of town.
  • At least 2,000 communities experienced a major wildfire event (greater than 5,000 acres in size) within ten miles.
  • Nearly 400 communities experienced a 100+ acre wildfire that burned less than 700 feet from town.

featured-image-communities-threatened-by-wildfireWildfires today are larger, burn longer, cause more damage, and kill more people than ever before.

This map tool identifies communities threatened by wildfires from 2000-2014. It also shows the different sizes of wildfires and distances from nearby communities.

As the costs and dangers of wildfires have increased, many groups and communities are working to minimize wildfire risk through education, defensible space around properties, fuel reduction, peer-to-peer learning networks, adoption of land use planning, regulatory tools, and other efforts.

This map tool and sortable data table may be useful in identifying frequently impacted areas for those working to help communities become fire-adapted. It is not a predictive model of wildfire potential or probability.

Topic(s): Homes & Risk

Contact: Patricia Gude 406.599.7425 or [email]. Meet Our Team.

FireSafe Montana Annual Meeting Agenda

Agenda For FireSafe Montana Annual Meeting—Polson, MT

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 6:00-8:30 PM—Social Get Together

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

9:00-9:30 AM Board Meeting

9:30 Welcome and Introductions

9:45  Updates from FireSafe Councils, Organizations, Agency Reps, and others

10:10  FireSafe Montana Program Updates and Upcoming Events

10:25  Tony Harwood & CT Camel (CSKT)–Presentation on Tribal Wildfire Mitigation Activities

11:00  Doris Davis & Mary Kelly—Neighborhood Wildfire Mitigation Presentation

11:30  Lunch, Awards, and Reocognition

12:00  Ray Prill, Dave Cook, Pat McKelvey—Presentation on WUI Code

12:35  Crystal Beckman (DNRC)–Wildfire Risk and Home Assessment

1:10  Byran Henry (Northern Rockies Coordination Center Fire Lab)—Upcoming Fire Season Presentation

1:40  Kristen Martin & Rhonda Payne (Department of Environmental Quality)—Winter burning updates and modifications

2:10  New Board Members—Pat McKelvey

1.  Nominations and introductions

2.  Voting

3.  Announcement of ballots

2:30 Closing Remarks