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“Fire On The Landscape” Lecture Series (June 10 & 11)To Be ‘live streamed’

A two day lecture series called “Fire On The Landscape” will be held in Helena at ‘Montana Wild’ on June 10 & 11 from 6:00-8:30 PM.  FireSafe Montana Chair, Pat McKelvey, in describing the series to the media said that “These are some top notch people coming in.”  Well known experts will speak on a variety of topics related to the effects that wildfires have on the landscape.  Speakers include:

(1)  Bruce Sims, a recently retired regional hydrologist and Regional Burned Area Emergency Response coordinator will speak about potential post-fire impacts on various landscapes, particularly watersheds.

(2)  Mark Finney, a research forester for the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory will talk about the science behind fire behavior and its effects on various landscapes.

(3)  Jack Cohen is a research physical scientist for the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory will speak about the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), and how homes ignite during large wildfires.

(4)  Dana Hicks, Fire Management Specialist at British Columbia Public Service will talk about the impact that the mountain pine beetle infestation has had on wildfires in Canada.

(5)  Brett Lacey, Fire Marshal for Colorado Springs, Colorado will speak about communities at risk and his experience with evacuations during the Waldo Canyon fire in 2012 and the Black Forest Fire in 2013.

Please Note:  This is an amazing group of well recognized fire experts talking about a wide variety of topics of great interest to fire fighting professionals, and WUI home owners, alike.  It is well worth taking in this lecture series.

For those who are unable to attend the lectures in person, they will be live-streamed at

Montana Wildfires: What are the Odds?


Our wildfire season has begun in Western Montana.
On Monday, my nephew took a picture of the Scratch Gravel Hills fire from the driveway of his Helena home.
Do you want to see a wildfire up close and personal? Take your lawn-chair, haul it into the hills, pick a nice spot, sit down….and wait. What are the odds that a wildfire will chase you from your spot?

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The Possible Adoption of the WUI Code: What does that actually mean for Montana?

“Montana fire organizations and agencies are dedicated to the vital role of public education and awareness programs to address the escalating wildland fire situation. Becoming informed on what the adoption of a WUI code could have on WUI fire mitigation is critical and strategically complements the existing WUI fire prevention programs. It is never too early to start addressing solutions to a situation that only continues to put human lives at risk and comes with a hefty price tag.”  (Bruce Suenram, MT DNRC) Click here to read more »

How wildfires are changing in Colorado and the American West

THE FIRE LINE: WILDFIRE IN COLORADO : Waldo Canyon, Black Forest and how wildfires are changing in Colorado and the American West

Watch the special Denver Post documentary, “The Fire Line: Wildfire in Colorado.”

Four times in four years, wind-fanned flames raced through Colorado neighborhoods in and at the edge of dying forests, killing people and breaking records for destruction. And because more than 100,000 people in the last decade have moved into “red-zone” areas primed for conflagration by a century of fire suppression, no one is sure that the devastating fires of 2012 and 2013 will not be repeated.

Read more: Waldo Canyon, Black Forest and how wildfires are changing in Colorado and the American West – The Denver Post
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Educating Homeowners About Wildfire

McCaffrey (2004) investigated what types of information are most useful to increase public support concerning defensible space, prescribed burning, and thinning activities.  She addressed this question using 273 mail surveys from homeowners in Incline Village, NV (1998).

Main Management Implications according to the study:

  1. Newspapers and magazines were a common source of information yet had limited influence on homeowner response to wildfire management and mitigation.
  2. Television had a negative impact on homeowner response to implementing defensible space
  3. A combination of in person delivery of education material and personal contact is the most effective method for educating about wildfire management and mitigation.

For article click here