We are getting ready, are you?


More than 1.3 million acres burned across Montana in 2017; making it one of the most significant wildfire years in history. 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.

Wildfire Awareness Events


May 5th – Seeley Lake, Community Preparedness Day - Double Arrow Homeowners Association escape route clean-up

May 5th - Frenchtown, Community Preparedness Day - Chipping event for landowners in subdivisions in Frenchtown and Huson

May 7th – Bozeman, Wildfire Preparedness & Controlled Burning Workshop, 6 pm-8 pm, Gallatin County – MSU Extension office 

May 9th –  Lewistown, Central Montana Wildfire Education Day, K-4th grade

May 11th - Ennis, Ready, Set, Go brochure handout, meet and greet and SAM home risk assessments for homeowners in the Shining Mountains Subdivision from 3:00pm until 7:00pm

May 15th – Livingston, Wildfire Education Night at Katabatic Brewing Company

May 22nd – Potomac, Wildfire Preparedness Event, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm, Potomac Community Center

May 30th – Livingston, Wildfire Information & Education booth Livingston Farmer’s Market

June 14th – Seeley Lake, Clearwater Resource Council - Fire, wildlife and weeds presentation

June 19th - Red Lodge, Fire Rescue wildfire awareness open house 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

June 20th - Troy, The film "Era of Megafires" will be shown at Troy High School. This event begins at 6:00 pm.

June 21st - Seeley Lake Community Hall - Clearwater Partners Workshop presents: How Your Home Can Survive a Wildfire:  w/Jack Cohen, retired research scientist from Missoula USFS Fire Laboratory. Jack Cohen presents home owners with the evidence and the tools to greatly improve the odds that your home will survive a wildfire. Event begins at 7:00 pm.