Wildfire Preparedness For Members
Affectionately nicknamed “Big Sky Country,” Montana offers unmatched scenery, eight national parks, plentiful wildlife, and recreation opportunities galore! However, Montana living does not come without risk.
Smokey skies, scratchy throats and watery eyes are all too familiar to Montanans during fire season. Although irritating and unwelcome, these inconveniences pale compared to the devastation wildfires can leave behind. Wildfire size, frequency and severity have risen year-over-year, prompting a critical response from electric utilities.
Responsible for powering some of the nation’s most fire-prone, fuel-dense areas, Missoula Electric Cooperative’s policies, programs and procedures must manage or reduce the risk of system-caused wildfires. In 2020, MEC developed a comprehensive Wildfire Mitigation Plan (WMP), which has proven essential to our operations. The WMP details the Co-op’s wildfire mitigation strategies, programs, adopted technologies and operational practices that have been implemented to reduce the potential for system ignitions. These critical efforts help the Cooperative keep equipment, employees, members, communities and neighboring cities and states safe.
As a business or homeowner, having a wildfire plan in place is essential. When you’re ready to start building your plan, consider using the resources below.