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Wildfire Preparedness & Cost-Share Program

Montana Conservation Corps making Missoula more wildfire resilient (2019)



United Way of Missoula County has teamed up with our community partners at Montana Conservation Corps (MCC) and Missoula County Office of Emergency Management to focus on reducing risk and catastrophic losses to resources and property on private land throughout Missoula County. This partnership will provide homeowners the opportunity to reduce Home Ignition Zone vulnerabilities to wildfire through a cost-share program. The homeowner will pay the initial upfront cost of work, and be reimbursed for 50% of the total labor cost incurred by MCC. 
2020 HIZ Program (October - November):
Full-Day ($400*, 4-6 person crew, 7 hrs.)
*Cost after 50% reimbursement
Here's the Home Ignition Zone:
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  • Receive a Free Wildfire Site Assessment. Call Missoula County Wildfire Prepardness Coordinator, Max Rebholtz, at 406-258-3633 to schedule an assessment.
  • Agree to accomplish the recommended mitigation techniques, pay and sign a contract.
  • MCC crew will perform mitigation work on your property.
  • Receive a final assessment once work is completed and receive 50% of your money back.
The Wildfire Preparedness Program focuses on reducing the risk and catastrophic losses to resources and property on private land throughout Missoula County. Landowners are encouraged to be proactive to address hazardous fuel conditions on their property, reduce structure ignition potential within their home ignition zone and employ wildfire resilient principles to sustain a fire adapted home, property, and community. Priority for all project work shall be focused in the Immediate and Intermediate Zones first (more information about the Home Ignition Zone, HERE).
Find out more information about Wildfire Adapted Missoula County and wildfire resilency, visit FAMCO.


Resounding success in 2019!
  • 30 homeowners utilized the cost-share program
  • 50+ operational days mitigating wildfire hazards around homes
  • Continued collaboration between public land agencies, county officials, private landowners, local business owners, and United Way of Missoula County
"Hello, I want to thank the HIZ team for creating this opportunity for land owners to be able to afford to be part of the fire prevention efforts in our state. Not only does our property look great, we are greatly relieved to have this fire mitigation work done. Every summer we live in fear of fires.

Having the general fire prevention work done, by thinning and taking out mistletoe and thick brush in Pattee Canyon, has also helped us feel less anxious. The interconnectedness of private lands with state and federal forest makes this effort essential for saving houses and lives.

The eight man/woman crew from the Conservation Core were amazing. These young people worked hard and were fast and efficient every day for five days. They were polite, informative, trustworthy, personable and fun to be around. We are grateful to them and for your efforts at United Way of Missoula." - Anonymous Homeowner


"It has been a privilege to work with residents in Missoula County and provide them with a service that achieves ignition resistant communities. While land management agencies make steady progress towards restoring fire resilient landscapes, an equally, if not more important component, is ensuring homes and communities are prepared.

This program increases the chances of your home surviving an ember shower and provides safer opportunities for fire fighters when defending the home is possible. It is imperative that homeowner’s educate themselves and take action towards reducing their home’s ignition potential. 

This program helps achieve that goal while alleviating the physical and financial burdens of performing the necessary work." - Max Rebholz, Missoula County Wildfire Preparedness Coordinator


Pay for your Home Ignition Zone work here.

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