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Lolo Peak fire

The Lolo Peak fire rages in night sky on Aug. 16, 2017. While the intensity of this past fire season has opened the gates for some to call for more logging and thinning in forests as a fire deterrent, wildfire researchers say more prescribed fire must also be a part of the solution.

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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