Stay Informed!

Stay informed about wildfire activity as well as preparedness and prevention in Montana this wildfire season. We liked the idea from Boise State Public Radio (@KBSX915) to compile great sources for wildfire information. We liked the idea so much that we did it for Montana to help social media users stay informed this summer.

Weather

Summer weather in Montana can be very unpredictable. Stay informed about current and future weather conditions, including red flag warnings that signal elevated fire potential. The National Weather Service (NWS) has four offices in Montana the cover the entire state. Follow @NWSGlasgow, @ NWSMissoula, @NWSBillings, and @NWSGreatFalls.

Preparedness, Mitigation, and Prevention

Everyone has a role to play in wildfire mitigation, preparedness, and prevention. Federal and state agencies as well as nonprofits are working hard across Montana to make sure that home and landowners know how they can best protect their homes, livelihoods, and families. Follow these organizations to make sure that you are ready:

@ReadyMontana is a preparedness initiative of the Governor’s Office of Community Service that seeks to provide information and resources so that Montanans are prepared for all hazards.

@FireSafeMontana assembles diverse interests in a coalition that works together on solutions to reduce the loss of lives and property from the threat of fire in and around Montana communities.

@FireWise is a program of the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) that encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire.

With 23 disaster action teams across the state of Montana when disaster strikes @MontanaRedCross is there to help those impacted by providing essential services like shelters.

@Readygov is the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) preparedness initiative. Montana is part of @femaregion8, which also includes Coloardo, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Wildfire Activity

Headed out for a camping trip? Wondering why the air is so smokey? Many agencies and organizations are working around the clock to make sure that the public is informed about current wildfires across the state. Stay up-to-date on wildfire activity in Montana by following these organizations:

@MTDNRCFIRE is the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation's Fire and Aviation Bureau. The department provides provides resources, leadership, and coordination to Montana’s wildfire services through wildfire prevention, training, preparedness, and safe, aggressive suppression actions to protect lives, property, and natural resources.

@MontanaDES, Montana Disaster and Emergency Services, is committed to serving the citizens for Montana and providing support during times of natural disaster or emergency.

@Inciweb provides updates on fire information around the country, including Montana. The service provides also maps, photos, and detailed information about active and non-active fires.

Before heading out to enjoy Montana’s public lands, check for fire activity by following @YellowstoneNPS and @GlacierNPS.  @MTStateParks and @MontanaFWP also provide important updates about our public lands.

Millions of acres of National Forest lands in the state of Montana are administered by the United States Forest Service (USFS):

USFS Northern Region (includes Montana) @FS_Region1
Beaverhead and Deer Lodge National Forest @bvrhdDridgeNF
Bitterroot National Forest @BitterrootNF
Custer National Forest @CusterNF
Flathead National Forest @FlatheadNF
Gallatin National Forest @GallatinNF
Helena National Forest @Helena_NF
Kootenai National Forest @KootenaiNF
Lewis and Clark National Forest @LewisandClarkNF

 

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