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Wildfire Awareness Month: We're getting ready. Are you?

MISSOULA, MT – All residents throughout Montana are encouraged to participate in Wildfire Awareness Month this May. The purpose is to raise awareness about wildland fire safety, community preparedness, hazardous fuels mitigation, and fire prevention.

Residents in areas with a potential for wildfires can impact the risk and severity of wildfires and reduce deaths, injuries and property losses through their preparedness efforts. Proactive actions from a single individual, or entire neighborhood, contribute to a safer community when wildfires happen.

Become a local champion through committing a couple of hours or an entire day to improving your property’s defensibility and resiliency.

Here are a few ways to prevent and prepare for wildfires:

  • Clean out gutters, roofs and other areas where debris has settled
  • Avoid burning on windy days and never leave a burn pile unattended
  • Maintain equipment to reduce sparks and check that trailer chains do not drag
  • Create an evacuation plan and practice the route with family members
  • Practice campfire safety by ensuring your fire is dead out before leaving the campsite
  • Keep the space around your home clear of dense vegetation
  • Help your community by organizing a wildfire preparedness event

Wildfire Awareness Month events:

  • April 29th, Libby, Fire Adapted Communities Workshop, 5 PM - 9 PM, Libby Memorial Center, (click here to view poster)
  • May 7, Seeley Lake, Community Preparedness Day, 11 AM - 3 PM, free BBQ, Seeley Lake Fire Hall, (click here to view poster)
  • May 7, Whitefish, Community Preparedness Event
  • May 7, Helena, Wildfire Preparedness Day, Albertsons North, all day (click here to view poster)
  • May 10th, Lewistown, Central Montana Wildfire Education Day, K-4th grade
  • May 10-11,  River Honoring, Confederated Salish Kootenia Tribe, near Ronan
  • May 12, Frenchtown, Home Assessment Training
  • May 21, Gallatin Gateway, Wildfire Awareness Pancake Breakfast, 7-11 AM, Smokey will be making appearances throughout the morning, Gallatin Gateway Rural Fire Dept.; Visit  or for more info
  • May 24, Kalispell, Flathead FireSafe Council Open House
  • June 1, Utica, Judith Basin County Community Wildfire Education Meeting
  • June 11, Libby, Firefighter Challenge
  • June 15, Bozeman, Wildfire Expo, inter-agency effort with private sector (Payne West, Buffalo Restoration)
  • June 18, Helena, 1/3 Miles to Safety Staff Ride, Tri-County Working Group and FireSafe MT
  • June 22-28, Fort Peck, Pines area, Community Mitigation and Education
  • July 13, Northfork of Flathead Firewise Community event


Preparedness is a shared responsibility and we all have a role. Visit for more details on events near you, or to find out how to plan an event in your community.