Whitefish Area FireSafe Council
Whitefish Area Fire Safe Council
(WAFSC) - Whitefish, Montana

Email: wafiresc@gmail.com

Welcome to the Whitefish Area Fire Safe Council

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Important Information About Upcoming WFSA Election

Mission Statement:

Working together to educate and facilitate the Whitefish Community to reduce wildfire risks and to maintain a Fire Safe environment.

Primary Objectives:

  • Provide leadership for and co-ordinate voluntary FireSafe activities in the Whitefish area.
  • Provide technical assistance, information, resource materials, and other help to landowners and other concerned citizens to help them assess their risks from wildfire, increase preparedness, and reduce risks where possible.
  • Create and maintain a Whitefish Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) to assess and manage the risk that wildfire poses to the community and its watersheds.
  • Create, publish, and/or disseminate informational materials related to wildfire preparedness.
  • Conduct related informational activities.
  • Encourage and participate in the preparation of surveys, studies, plans, and recommendations relative to the coordination of available public and/or private resources to reduce hazardous fuels and other wildfire risks and improve public safety.
  • Encourage and facilitate homeowners', homeowner's associations, and others' voluntary participation in developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating FireSafe programs and activities.
  • Cooperate and network with similar FireSafe organizations elsewhere.
  • Provide representation from the Whitefish area to FireSafe Montana, a non-profit organization which serves as a bridge between local FireSafe Councils around the state and the regional and national interests and policy makers whose activities affect the successful implementation of those Councils' wildfire mitigation activities.
  • Encourage and facilitate private/public partnerships for specific FireSafe or Firewise projects and activities.
  • Help to protect and preserve local watersheds.
  • Work and collaborate with local, state, and federal agencies (Whitefish and Big Mountain Fire Departments, DNRC, and USFS etc) on projects of mutual interest.

What You Can Do To Help Protect Your Home from Wildfire:
8 simple steps.....

  1. Ensure your House Number is Clear and Visible - especially at night (use at least 4” high reflective numbers) – arrange the same for community road signs.
  2. Create a lean, clean, and green 'survivable space' 30 feet around home
  3. Mature Trees limbed up to remove ladder fuels.
  4. Remove Dead Trees/Vegetation around home.
  5. Driveways: clear of flammable vegetation to 5ft and overhanging branches removed.
  6. Remove Dead Leaves/Needles from Roof / Gutters.
  7. Move combustibles(firewood/fuel tanks) to at least 30ft from structures.
  8. Tree limbs within 15ft of chimney, limbs encroaching on power lines or touching house should be removed.
For the complete homeowners guide to Fire Safe Procedures please see the "Living with Fire" Brouchure on this Website

Think before you burn!!! It’s Your Responsibility

  • In Montana, you are 'strictly liable' for all damages that you cause by fire.
  • Use caution and common sense before lighting any fire.
  • Understand that any fire could become a wildfire.
  • Understand and practice proper guidelines for fire outdoors.
  • Never, ever leave any fire unattended.
  • Make sure any fire is properly and completely extinguished before leaving.
  • Properly extinguish and discard smoking materials.
  • Be aware of surroundings and careful when operating equipment during periods of dry or hot weather.
  • Speak up and step in when someone is in danger of starting a wildfire.
  • Use extreme caution and common sense before lighting any fire.
  • Don't drive or park in high or dry grass during fire season.