Fire protection demonstration
this weekend with pumps and
sprinklers in Swan Valley

September 6, 2001
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana

Are you concerned about the threat of forest fires this summer? If you live within the "wildland/urban" interface (which includes all of the Swan Valley near Condon) you might be interested in a local workshop designed to educate homeowners about structure protection methods used by crews battling forest fires this summer.

Swan Valley fire management personnel will demonstrate structure protection methods at the Condon Work Center on Saturday September 8, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Activities will include the use of pumps and sprinkler systems, and also a demonstration of the use of Barricade, a product designed to fireproof buildings.

The event is open to the public and is being sponsored by the Swan Ecosystem Center, the USFS Swan Lake Ranger District, and the Montana Department of Resources and Conservation.

This weekend's activities are part of a series of events and workshops held in the Swan Valley this summer as part of the community Firewise education program. Firewise communities receive technical assistance from the national Firewise group, including help with GIS mapping of the wildland/urban interface, public education programs, and help with networking between agencies, organizations and local residents.

Fire managers also remind local residents and visitors that Stage II Fire Restrictions remain in effect. No campfires or charcoal barbecues are allowed anywhere in the Swan Valley; smoking is prohibited except in a building, vehicle or within an area that has been cleared of debris (3-feet diameter); mandatory "hoot owl" is in effect (no use of internal combustion engines, welding or blasting after 1 p.m. daily; and no "off road" travel with vehicles.

For more information, or if you have questions about smoke conditions or fire restrictions, contact the Swan River State Forest at Goat Creek, 754-2301, the Swan Ecosystem Center, 754-3137, or the USFS Condon Work Center, 754-2295. To report a fire, contact 9-1-1.