Missoula County Fire Protection Association
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Wildfires are inevitable, but losing homes to them is not! The majority of homes lost to wildfire are ignited by embers. By following the Top 10 Wildfire Preparedness Tips, you can help reduce the risk of losing your home to a wildfire.
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STAYING SAFE OUTDOORS. Spending time outdoors has never felt more valuable, whether it's exploring nature or relaxing in our own backyards. Remember that we all can do our part to keep our safe places safe and prevent wildfires.Tips at www.BeOutdoorSafe.org.
Keep Our Safe Places Safe - August 2020
*SAFE DEBRIS BURNING with County Burn Permit
SMOKEY BEAR knows the FireSafe methods needed to burn yard debris.

Here, in Missoula County, the first rule is to ACQUIRE A BURN PERMIT and follow the rules attached to that process, including the ONLY TIME YOU CAN BURN YARD DEBRIS is Spring. Enjoy the video !
SAFETY IS KEY When Burning Backyard Debris
Outdoor Burning by Permit is closed due to Fire Danger 2018
Outdoor Burning Status in Missoula County for Fire Danger
In the Western United States, “fire season” isn’t seasonal anymore - it’s year-round. Because more and more, wildfires are a thoroughly man-made disaster and are technically a misnomer. Here, Verge Science tours fire-prone country to see firsthand the causes and effects of “fire season” that just keep getting worse and worse.
HUMAN-CAUSED Fire: Danger in California & Montana &........
*Fire agencies have issues with abandoned campfires. MCFPA urges* all who start a campfire to use extreme caution and do not leave unattended at any time. When you are finished with the campfire, use water to douse flames, stir the ashes, feel for hot spots, use more water (or sand) and stirring until it's DEAD OUT and cold to the touch. More tips for safe campfires mcfpa.org/wildfire_aware_safety.htm.
*2018 produced video
ABANDONDED CAMPFIRES Causing Local Wildfires
A live Christmas tree burn conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows just how quickly a dried out Christmas tree fire burns, with flashover occurring in less than one minute, as compared to a well-watered tree, which burns at a much slower rate.

Learn how to keep you and your family safe during the holiday season - http://www.nfpa.org/winter
Match Safety Video: Teaching Youngsters Fire Safety
NEW KID'S "MATCH SAFETY" VIDEO. Every spring, MCFPA members teach fire safety to first-graders in Missoula County. In 2020, due to Covid concerns, the program was canceled, but Missoula Fire (MFD) shares this video to capture the message.
The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety shows us in this experiment: Researchers recreated an ember storm to study how a typical home holds up in wildfire conditions. The U.S. Forest Service and the International Association of Fire Chiefs have verified that the ember storm simulation is a realistic demonstration of a typical wildfire event.

For more information about IBHS, check out http://www.disastersafety.org.
Most Homes Burn From Flying Embers
BE CAREFUL WITH FIRE: Betty White & Smokey Bear
TWO BELOVED AMERICAN ICONS "On Fire": Enjoy Comedian BETTY WHITE talking about preventing sources of combustion / fire, including campfires, from causing a wildfire with help from a special guest!
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