Wildfire Awareness Events


May 1st – Manhattan, Gallatin River Ranch Rural Fire District is co-sponsoring the Fourth Annual Nixon Gulch Cleanup Day.

May 4th - Libby,  Wildfire Community Preparedness Day with hands-on learning opportunities, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm, Fairview Ranger Station

May 4th – Seeley Lake, Wildfire Community Preparedness Day with Home Risk Assessments, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.  

May 4th –  Big Sky,  Wildfire Community Preparedness Day at Lone Peak Brewery. The film "Era of Megafires" will be shown. This event begins at 1:00 pm.

May 8th - Missoula, "Wildfire! Ready or Not?" presentation by expert fire scientist Jack Cohen at Target Range School. This event begins at 7:00 pm.

May 15th – East Missoula, "Wildfire! Ready or Not?" presentation by by expert fire scientist Jack Cohen at the East Missoula Community Council Meeting. This event begins at 7:00 pm.

May 18th - Pony, Wildfire Community Preparedness Day hosted by local fire departments and MSU Extension

May 23rd – Missoula, Elk Meadows FireWise Community Assessment

May 29th - Livingston, Wildfire Education Night, Livingston Farmers Market

We are getting ready, are you?


While wildfires can occur at any time of the year, the majority of wildfires in Montana occur between May and September of each year.

All residents throughout Montana are encouraged to participate in Wildfire Awareness Month this May. The purpose is to raise awareness about community preparedness and what risk reduction steps you can take to prepare your family and property.

Become a local champion through committing a couple of hours or an entire day to improving your property’s defensibility and resiliency; and contributing toward your community becoming more fire adapted.

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
  • Create an evacuation plan and practice the route with family members
  • Keep the space around your home, known as the home ignition zone, clear of dense vegetation
  • Take action in your community by organizing a wildfire preparedness event


Preparedness is a shared responsibility and we all have a role.