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BLM Supports FireSafe Montana

 story by
Mary Apple
Montana State Office

 FireSafe’s booth at the Montana State Fair

FireSafe Montana Executive Director Jenny Mayberry and BLM Mitigation and Education Specialist Terina Mullen (Western Montana District) are pictured at FireSafe’s booth at the Montana State Fair. BLM recently donated $50,000 to FireSafe Montana.
BLM photo

The Montana/Dakotas BLM recently added $50,000 to FireSafe Montana’s fire prevention efforts. The money will be used to mobilize Montanans to make their homes, neighborhoods, and communities fire safe. The BLM is a major sponsor of Firesafe Councils in Montana and South Dakota. In a recent news release, Montana FireSafe Executive Director Jenny Mayberry wrote:

Preparing for wildfire is not a onetime effort before the fire season but requires the work and cooperation of many throughout the year. FireSafe Montana thanks the Bureau of Land Management’s community assistance program for its continued generosity in promoting citizens helping citizens through local councils across the state. Currently, there are 12 active councils and a number of communities in the process of forming local councils. By forming FireSafe Councils, communities protect their homes more effectively by collaborating on their individual fire preparedness efforts.   

FireSafe Councils throughout Montana are devoting time and energy in their community to increase the chance their homes will survive a fire. Although preparing for a wildfire is the individual homeowner’s responsibility, there is a vast network of support among local FireSafe Councils, FireSafe Montana, and cooperating entities to ensure that homeowners have the tools they need.

FireSafe Councils started in California and Nevada to educate homeowners about the threat of wildland fires. Montana’s FireSafe Council was the third council formed. There are now 20 local FireSafe Councils throughout Montana with several more in the start-up phase.

FireSafe Montana has produced several educational products for homeowners and works with state and local elected officials to help mitigate and/or reduce wildfire threats in the wildland/urban interface.

For more information, visit the FireSafe Montana website: http://www.firesafemt.org/index.aspx.