In a wildfire, embers can be carried more than a mile from the fire site and ignite fuels where they land. Increasing the odds that your home will survive a wildfire is something a homeowner could do in a weekend.
MELT (Montana Elders for a Livable Tomorrow), working with MOLLI (Montana Osher Lifelong Learning Institute), neighborhoods and firefighters, is offering a program to show you ways to make your home safer in case of a wildfire. Renowned fire scientist Dr. Jack Cohen who worked at Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory for two decades, will discuss his findings and recommendations — in person March 7 and 21, and by film March 11.
Some topics discussed include assessing your home’s firewise needs, Reverse 911 — how it can work for you in an emergency, insurance — what to ask your insurance agent and what you need to know, financial and work assistance that may be available; fire-scaping techniques, including plants, groundcover, either screens, etc., working alone is good, and working with neighbors is better.
All events are free. Event times and locations are:
- Wednesday, March 7, 5 p.m., University Center Theater, UM, for MOLLI members and their guests.
- Sunday, March 11, 1 p.m., Our Savior Lutheran Church, 8985 Highway 200 E. off the Bonner exit, Bonner, for the general public.
- Wednesday, March 21, 7 p.m., Best Western Grant Creek Inn, 5280 Grant Creek Road, for the general public.
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