Prevention and Preparedness
The goal of the fire prevention and community preparedness program is to reduce the number of human-caused wildfires and educate homeowners, who live in Montana's wildland urban interface, on how to take measures to protect their homes, property and personal safety. Public outreach and education is the driving force of these programs, this is primarily done through promoting and partnering with Keep Montana Green, FireSafe Montana, Firewise Communities, Fire Adapted Communities and Ready, Set, Go!
Raising awareness and educating adults and children on ways to reduce their chances of starting a wildland fire is the goal of prevention. Human-caused wildland fires can be broken down into eight categories: campfires; smoking; debris burning; arson; equipment; railroad; children; and miscellaneous (fireworks, explosives, ammunition, gas/oil).
The Montana DNRC is mandated by law to determine the origin and cause of fires within their jurisdiction. The fire prevention program uses this information to help ensure that the prevention messages being used are pertinent to what human-caused fires are occurring.
Each year, wildland fires consume hundreds of homes in the Wildland-Urban Interface. Studies show that as many as 80% of the homes lost to wildland fire could have been saved if their owners had only followed a few simple fire-safe practices. There is no better time than now to prepare and educate your family. Make sure your family knows what to do in case of a home or wildland fire.