Wildfire Awareness Month

Montana’s Wildfire Awareness Month is here! FireSafe Montana, Keep Montana Green, the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and the Governor’s Office of Community Service have teamed up to raise awareness about wildland fire safety, community preparedness, hazardous fuels mitigation, and fire prevention. Our goal is to assist communities and raise awareness while promoting community service and landowner action. This year’s theme is “ONE LESS SPARK, ONE LESS WILDFIRE”.

We are currently working on 1) Kickoff event 2) Media campaign and 3) Developing resources for communities to utilize.

More community resources will be posted here soon to help you plan an event in your community (program ideas, sample flyers, public service announcements and press releases).

Target Audience: Statewide it will be homeowners in the wildland urban interface; regionally material will be available and editable for local groups to tailor for their community audience.

Main Message: One Less Spark One Less Wildfire

Who: Public, Homeowners, Firewise Communities, FireSafe Councils, Ready Set Go Members, Fire Departments and Organizations/Agencies involved in wildfire prevention, community preparedness and natural resources.

What: Raise awareness about wildland fire safety, community preparedness, hazardous fuels mitigation, and fire prevention.

When: May

Where: Communities across Montana, Idaho, California, Oregon, Utah, South Dakota, and Nevada

Why: Assist communities and raise awareness while promoting community service and landowner action to reduce their risk from wildfires.

How:

  • Spread the word
  • Media campaign (TV, radio, print, social media)
  • Community events
  • Educational workshops
  • Community service clean-up day
  • Home and community assessments
  • Clean out gutters, roof and other areas where organic debris has settled over the winter
  • Write an evacuation plan and practice the route
  • Practice safe debris burning and other fire prevention tips

If you are interested in planning an event during the month of May or anytime this coming summer please let us know so we can add your event to our media outreach efforts.

We look forward to working with you.  Feel free to contact us:

Betsy Miller, Governor’s Office of Community Service, 406-444-1718, bemiller@mt.gov

Mandy Randall, FireSafe MT, 406-431-8718, execdir@firesafemt.org

Crystal Beckman, DNRC & Keep Montana Green, 406-542-4251, clbeckman@mt.gov

WAM Resources and Ideas:

May 6 Press Conference Advisory 2015

2015 Wildfire Awareness Month Press Release

Public Service Announcements 2015

Informational Flyer for Wildfire Awareness Month

Statewide Press Release Wildfire Awareness Month 4.22.15

Social Media Resource (Wildfire Awareness Month Social Media Calendar)

Save the Date (click here to view PDF)

One Less Spark One Less Wildfire – http://firesafemt.org/one-less-spark/

Living with Wildfire – http://www.livingwithfire.info/wildfire-awareness-month

Firewise Wildfire Preparedness Day – http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/outdoors/wildland-fires/national-wildfire-community-preparedness-day/project-resources

Firewise Whiteboard Video – https://youtu.be/dqt-r9oLsLs

Prepared Your Home For Wildfire PSA – https://youtu.be/DBiqt462n3o?list=PLE2F3834692634B77

Fire Adapted Communities PSA – https://youtu.be/ltKmMjYsdpw?list=PLE2F3834692634B77

Add your event to the map – http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/outdoors/wildland-fires/national-wildfire-community-preparedness-day/map-your-project#projectmap