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FireSafe Flathead

Kalispell, MT 59901

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Interests:
  • Communications/outreach
  • Community Wildfire Protection Plans
  • Evacuation planning
  • Firewise Communities / Defensible space
  • Forest/ecosystem management
  • Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire
  • Ignition-resistant home construction
  • Wildfire risk assessment

FireSafe Flathead includes individuals, neighborhoods, organizations, and agency wildfire professionals working to promote fire adapted communities in the Flathead area by providing leadership, technical assistance, education, and resources.

We:
• Are inclusive and welcome all partners interested in creating fire adapted communities.
• Encourage preparation of families, homes, properties, & communities before a wildfire starts.
• Assist landowners in understanding & reducing risk through home & property assessments.
• Compile and share forest fuels treatment and fire hazard mitigation data and maps.
• Assist in creating, updating, and maintaining Community Wildfire Protection Plans.
• Maintain the (future) FireSafe Flathead website for local preparedness & wildfire related information.

Our partners include: Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC), Flathead National Forest, Flathead County Fire and OES, local Home Owner Associations, Climate Smart Glacier Country, Stoltze Lumber Company, and others.

Highlighting Communities Taking Action to Become Fire-Adapted

We believe that if people hear about others taking action and doing work to prepare for wildfire, that more will follow. We see this as an opportunity to shift the mindset about wildfire, smoke, fire resilient forests, responsibility, safety. This fall we have been highlighting a couple of the successes from this season through our local media, and will continue to follow these communities and others as they continue their work. Do you have suggestions on how we can continue to share these stories? How to "advertise," find that "spark-plug," get MORE people interested and involved? (I guess that's the big question, huh?)

Community Lecture Series: Wildfire in Western Montana

We are on the schedule to host a community lecture series at our local community college next spring. Topics will include: 1) Wildfire History in the Flathead - Before European Influence to Present, 2) Fire Behavior, Suppression, Use, Smoke, and Effects, 3) Land Management Agencies - Forest Fire Programs and Policies, and 4) Wildland Urban Interface - Land and Homeowner Fire Risk and Mitigation.

Revising the Flathead County CWPP

Several of the people who are involved with FireSafe Flathead are also involved with the CWPP revision process. This is an ongoing project this year that will involve outreach to communities and fire departments around our area. We would like to include a template in the appendix that will facilitate smaller communities within Flathead County to plan and create their own CWPP. Do you know of one that exists already?