Preparing for wildfire topic of Wednesday panel discussion

By: 
Enterprise Staff

A Wednesday community panel discussion will tackle ways community members can best prepare for wildfire season. 

Hosted by Park County Environmental Council and the Montana chapter of Moms Clean Air Force, the panel will include public health representatives and emergency services preparedness experts. 

Even though Park County was relatively untouched by wildfire this past season, there’s no guarantee the area won’t have a more involved fire season in the future, PCEC Executive Director Michelle Uberuaga said last week. 

“We need to think about how we can be better prepared in Park County,” she said. And even though fire activity was light, local air quality was sometimes poor, and people had questions. 

“There were questions about whether it was safe to hold sports practices outside” when the air quality was bad, Uberuaga said.

Discussion will include a 2017 fire season debrief with Sarah Coefield, an air quality specialist with the Missoula County Heath Department, and Emily Post, Park County’s communications director, according to a meeting agenda supplied by Uberuaga. 

A separate topic, Park County’s risks, needs and resources, will  be discussed by Park County Health Director Heather Jurvakainen, Park County Emergency Manager Greg Coleman and Kimiko Barrett with Headwaters Economics. Jan Axtell, Livingston HealthCare’s emergency preparedness coordinator will also be on hand. 

Time will be set aside for questions and answers.

Wednesday’s meeting will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Community Room of the City-County Complex, 414 E. Callender St.  

Child care and pizza will be provided. For more information, contact Uberuaga at 223-4714.