Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Andi Bourne

Embracing the reality of wildfire, mitigating the risk


Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Jack Piippo's property off Wagon Wheel Way in Phase 1 of Double Arrow Ranch. When he purchased the property in 1987 it was covered with dying lodgepole. After 25 years of mitigating fuels the trees are spaced far enough to reduce the threat of a crown fire and a nine-phase sprinkler system keeps the grass green.

SEELEY LAKE – Around a dozen property owners participated in this year's Community Wildfire Preparedness Day, May 4. Local fire agency experts assessed properties for defensible space and structures for wildfire risk. They offered landowners suggestions on how they could improve the structures' chances of surviving the flaming front and ember shower produced by a wildfire. Volunteers with the Clearwater Resource Council also provided information regarding fuel mitigation grant opportunities through the Seeley-Swan Fuel Mitigations Task Force.

Jack Piippo has been mitigating fuels on his...

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