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MONTANA WILDFIRES Protecting critical infrastructure, private property, and Montana citizens from wildland fires.

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1 MONTANA WILDFIRES Protecting critical infrastructure, private property, and Montana citizens from wildland fires.

2 2006 DNRC Fire Season

3 2006 Montana DNRC Fire Season 478 Fires 477,687 Acres Burned $60 MM Total Cost $35 MM Net Cost 3 FEMA Assist Incidents First Fire: (SWLO) Latest Fire: (SLO) Busiest Day: 8/10 28 new fires

4 FIRE IN THE INTERFACE

5 January 2007 Cost Report 39% of DNRCs direct fire protection program is within the WUI, but over 66% of the wildland fires suppressed through that program occurred in these areas. 95% of wildland fires were contained as small fires and the initial attack success rate was similar for both WUI and non-WUI fires. Wildland fires in the WUI cost 46% more to suppress than non-WUI fires. Large fires >10 acres represented less than 5% of the wildland fires, but over 89% of the total suppression related costs. Wildland fire suppression tactics change in the WUI to account for increased structure protection and can impose additional safety risks to firefighters.

6 RISK MITIGATION Private property fuels mitigation assistance programs. Fuels management activities on public lands. Homeowner education about Firewise and personal responsibility. Community level planning (PDM/CWPP)

7 OPPORTUNITIES Continue to secure National Fire Plan funding for fuels mitigation, homeowner education, and community planning. Tap into FEMA (PDM) funds for risk- mitigation related to wildfires. Improve community planning, development regulations, and design for firewise communities.

8 QUESTIONS?


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