Get Ready for Wildfire Season
For Immediate Release
Contact: Betsy Miller, Governor’s Office of Community Service
Montana Wildfire Awareness Month
Helena, MT – Governors from eight Western states have collaborated to issue a multi-state Wildfire Awareness Month Proclamation. Throughout the month of May, Montanans are encouraged to participate in wildfire preparedness activities.
“Montanans are once again reminded of the fire prone landscape where we live, work, and play. Wildfire Awareness Month should serve as an encouragement to us that when individuals and communities are prepared for wildfires, we can increase safety,” said Governor Steve Bullock. “I encourage Montanans to take preparedness actions during the month of May and beyond to reduce the risk to our homes and communities.”
Residents in areas with a potential for wildfires can lower 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.
Wildfire preparedness events are being spearheaded by local groups throughout Montana this spring and summer. Projects range from workshops and trainings to wildfire expos and appearances by Smokey the Bear. For a full listing of events, visit www.keepgreen.org.
Become a local champion through committing a few hours to improving your property’s defensibility and in turn, contributing toward your community’s resiliency. Here are some simple 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 cold to the touch before leaving the campsite
- Ensure you have 100 feet of managed vegetation surrounding your house
- Take action in your community by organizing a wildfire preparedness event
Wildfire Awareness Month is a collaborative effort by the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Keep Montana Green, FireSafe Montana, and the Governor’s Office of Community Service. For more information, please visit the following websites: www.keepgreen.org www.ready.mt.gov www.firesafemt.org