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 »
Here is a message from Allen Chrisman, co-chair of the North Fork Landowners Association Fire Mitigation Committee. Here is the October 1 Wildland Fire Potential Outlook: https://www.nifc.gov/nicc/predictive/outlooks/monthly_seasonal_outlook.pdf Not much of a surprise here. As I was discussing with Lynn Ogle last week, we haven’t had a “season-ending” event, but the door is slowly closing on… Read More »
The Flathead Beacon has an article that begins… Storms this week are dumping rain across Montana and bringing the state closer to the end of a fire season that’s been much smaller and much less expensive than 2017’s record-setting year. Fires this year have burned 143 square miles acres across Montana, which is about 7… Read More »
The Flathead Beacon reports that a Type 2 incident management team has taken command of two fires in Glacier National Park as cooler weather slowly brings the 2018 fire season to a close. At 6 p.m. Tuesday, Joe Sampson’s Northern Rockies Type 2 Incident Management Team 5 was put in charge of the Howe Ridge and… Read More »