The Missoulian reports that Montana’s congressional delegation says reforms to forest management, including an end to “fire borrowing,” will be included in must-pass legislation this week. On a media call Wednesday, Republicans Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte detailed a forest reform package as part of an omnibus bill, which includes funding wildfires similarly… Read More »
Montana Public Radio reports that National Weather Service projections show a hot, dry summer for Montana this year. Megan Syner, a warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service says through this spring Montana will continue to see below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. But that could change mid-summer. Read the full story here.
Come to this seminar presented by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and learn how you can prepare in advance and protect your home and property from wildfire. You will received detailed guidance on fire-resistant construction considerations, defensible or survivable space standards around the home as well as fire-resistant landscaping, forest health, “Ready,Set,Go!”… Read More »
The Missoulian reports that the 2017 wildfire season was the most expensive ever, and many members of Congress want to ensure money is always accessible for the U.S. Forest Service to fight blazes. Montana Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines hopes to change the Forest Service funding mechanism of “fire borrowing.” The senator wants to package… Read More »
Montana Public Radio says that researchers don’t know a lot about what that kind of extended smoke exposure does to people. Most previous studies have focused on indoor wood-burning stoves, urban air pollution and the effects on firefighters. But the way the smoke piled up and stuck around a whole town this summer was new.… Read More »
Montana Public Radio reports that half a year after a memorable fire season shrouded Montana in thick gray skies, burned more than a million acres and caused tens of millions of dollars in budget shortfalls, scientists at the University of Montana are saying Montanans should get used to it. In a lecture that about 200… Read More »
Montana Public Radio reports that in the forests of the Rocky Mountains, fewer trees are growing back after recent wildfires because of climate change. That’s what a team of researchers discovered after studying seedling regeneration at 1,500 sites in five different states. Read the full interview here.
FireSafe Flathead and Flathead Valley Community College are hosting a 4-part Community Lecture Series on Wildfire in Western Montana. This first evening we will learn about the history of fire in our area. Where: FVCC Arts and Technology Building, AT139 When: Thursday, February 22 from 6 – 8pm Contact: FireSafe Flathead at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ali… Read More »
The Missoulian reports that the federal government has denied Montana’s disaster relief request for $44 million in the aftermath of the 2017 fire season that burned more than 1,500 square miles. Montana Public Radio reports that the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied Gov. Steve Bullock’s request for additional aid in late December. Read the full story… Read More »