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Release Date: 06/04/13
Contacts: Kathy Tribby, 406-654-5124    

HiLine Wildfire Education Day A Big Success!

MALTA - An antelope, a bear, and a goose walk into a barn…

If you are waiting for the punch line, there isn’t one.  This actually happened at the Wildfire Education Day held recently at the Milk River Pavilion in Malta, Mont.  Special guests during the lunch break were none other than Seymour Antelope, Smokey Bear, and Honker the Blue Goose.  The three mascots, representing the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, and Fish & Wildlife Service were greeted with hugs and high-fives as they posed for pictures with participants. 

This lunch-time show was just one of the highlights at the first annual HiLine Wildfire Education Day on May 14.  Approximately 350 elementary school students from Phillips and Blaine Counties participated in hands-on activities to learn about wildland fire ecology, firefighting equipment and how to prevent human-caused fire. 

Students rotated through 10 different educational stations covering topics such as fire prevention, air operations, rangeland, insects, forestry disease, historic use of fire, wildlife and fire behavior.

The HiLine Wildfire Education Day was sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management Malta Field Office in conjunction with firefighters and managers from the Phillips and Blaine County Rural Fire Departments, Phillips County Disaster and Emergency Services, Fort Belknap Tribal Forestry and Fire, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Fish and Wildlife Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Border Patrol.

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Last updated: 06-05-2013