Lung Function Decline Continued One Year After Rice Ridge Fire, Research Shows Since before the smoke from the Rice Ridge Fire cleared in 2017, a team of University of Montana researchers have been tracking lung health of local residents. They presented their early findings to the Seeley Lake Community Council for the first time Monday… Read More »
Forest Service shortens new contracts for air tankers The U. S. Forest Service recently announced the new conditions of contracts for companies that prove firefighting air tankers. The next generation 3. 0 air tanker contracts will be just one year as opposed to the five-year contracts next generations 1. 0 and 2. 0 had.
2018 Wildfire Costs Well Below Montana’s Yearly Average The 2018 fire season has cost the state $6.7 million as of the end of November, according to the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. That’s significantly under the state’s average fire bill of around $20 million over the last decade.
Cost Of Fire-Resistant Homes Comparable To Traditional Construction, Study Says A study released this week finds new wildfire resistant homes cost roughly the same as more traditional home construction. The finding is potentially significant given growing public awareness as fire seasons lengthen and mega-fires, like California’s devastating Camp Fire, increasingly displace people from their homes.
Local Firefighters React to Deadly California Blazes: ‘It Can Happen Here’ – Flathead Beacon Last week, Evergreen Fire Chief Craig Williams stood in a neighborhood near Malibu, California and took in a blackened, devastated landscape. “There is a lot of destruction,” he said by phone on Nov. 14 as he and his team of firefighters… Read More »
Experts Look for Ways to Curb Deaths as Fires Get More Severe – Flathead Beacon BILLINGS – Creating fire buffers between housing and dry brush, burying spark-prone power lines and lighting more controlled burns to keep vegetation in check could give people a better chance of surviving wildfires, according to experts searching for ways to… Read More »