While wildfires can occur at any time of the year, the majority of wildfires in Montana occur between May and September of each year.
May is an ideal time to promote wildfire awareness in Montana so that residents and visitors can begin to reduce wildfire risk to their properties and communities through hazardous fuels reduction, incorporation of fire resistant building materials, and upkeep around their properties to maintain the wildfire risk reduction actions they have done previously.
May is designated Wildfire Awareness Month in Montana and is part of a multi-state campaign to encourage individuals and communities to prepare for wildfire season.
Further, Saturday, May 4 is designated as Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. This national event promotes actions that positively contribute to reducing community wildfire risk and encourages communities around the country to dedicate a few hours or an entire day to participate in wildfire risk reduction activities.
The purpose of Wildfire Awareness Month is to raise awareness about the importance of community preparedness and educate homeowners on what wildfire risk reduction actions they can take before wildfires start.
Residents who live in or near wildfire prone landscapes can lower their risk through their preparedness efforts. Proactive actions contribute to a safer community when wildfires happen.
To provide wildfire preparedness information and resources to Montana residents, communities, the media and our partners.
Statewide Delivery Methods
The statewide WAM campaign will:
Hashtags to use to promote Wildfire Awareness Month:
#WildfirePrepDay , #FireAdapted, #WildfireAwarenessMonth
Public Service Announcements:
1. It’s Montana’s Wildfire Awareness Month! Is your home and family prepared? Take action and prepare now for this year’s wildfire season. Remove needles and leaves from your gutters, around your homes foundation, and under decks. Remove lower branches from your trees. Make and rehearse your evacuation plan with your family. To find a Wildfire Awareness event near you visit keepgreen.org
2. It’s Wildfire Awareness Month in Montana! Are you and your home ready? Do you have trees and shrubs touching your home or wood chips surrounding your home? Consider trimming shrubs and trees so they are at least 3 feet from your home and replacing flammable landscape material with nonflammable options like gravel or stones. For more wildfire safe landscaping ideas go to Firewise.org.
3. It’s Wildfire Awareness Month! Are you prepared? Wildfires can be unpredictable and move fast. You may have to evacuate your home quickly. Does your family have an evacuation plan? Have at least 2 evacuation routes and make a grab and go bag with important family documents, medications, and other essential items. For more information on useful items to include visit www.ready.mt.gov.
PREPARE, PREVENT, PROTECT!
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.
Residents in areas with a potential for wildfires can lower their risk through their preparedness efforts. Proactive actions from a single individual, or entire neighborhood, contribute to a safer community when wildfires happen.
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:
Preparedness is a shared responsibility and we all have a role. Visit www.keepgreen.org to see what events are happening near you or to find out how to plan an event in your community.
Contact: Ashley Juran, DNRC, 406-542-4251, firstname.lastname@example.org