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Wildfires & Evacuations 

Missoula County uses a two-stage evacuation procedure:

  1. Evacuation Warning 

  2. Evacuation Order

To Receive Evacuation Notifications in Missoula County:

Sign Up For Smart 911 Today!

  • Receive phone/text/email notifications if an evacuation may be necessary in your area.

  • If evacuated, stay up to date on current information

  • Provide information to responders to enhance your family's safety.

Evacuation Steps

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*Please note that every effort will be made to issue an evacuation warning first; however, due to rapidly changing conditions, an evacuation order may be issued with no prior warning.

*Note this system is not just for wildfires, but for any type of evacuation (i.e floods)


How to Prepare For Evacuations

Act early and be ready to leave at a moments notice. 


Sign up for Smart 911.

  • If you have not done so yet, sign up today!

  • This is an important service that enhances your family and emergency preparedness.

  • Provided to all residents at no cost and is primary method for evacuation notices.


Stay Informed.

  • Listen to local TV/radio/social media outlets for current weather, emergency alerts, and other pertinent information.

  • Follow MCFPA and Missoula County 9-1-1 on Twitter and like the Facebook page for information about prescribed fire, thinning, and other forest resiliency practices. 


Close and Protect Your Home's Openings.

  • This is critical to prevent embers from entering inside your home.

  • Close attic vents and doors, basement doors, windows, garage doors, pet doors.

  • Bring inside outdoor furniture cushions, charcoal, propane and other flammable items around your home.


Shut Off Any Natural Gas, Propane, and/or Fuel Supplies at the Source.


Emergency Supply Kit.

  • Place your/your families Go Bag in your vehicle.

  • Be prepared to leave at a moment's notice.

  • Think about what you may need for up to 72 hours.



  • Ensure your vehicle is in good working condition and is ready to leave.

  • Face the front of the vehicle in the direction you will be exiting.


Know Your Evacuation Routes. 

  • Plan and practice your evacuation routes.

  • Make sure everyone in the family knows the route(s) out.

  • In areas where there is only one way out: plan ahead and leave earlier than you think to avoid traffic congestion and provide room for emergency vehicles


Identify a Shelter.

  • If/when you are ordered to evacuate, identify where to go. 

  • Make accommodations to do so now.

  • Make a plan for livestock and pets.

  • Call 2-1-1 for shelter information.

  • Program 258-INFO (4630)


Emergency Access

  • The ability and efficiency for you to evacuate your home and community and for emergency responders to identify your residence and safely access your property are critical.

  • Have reflective and non-reflective addressing during the day and at night.

Reflective and non-reflectice addressing

Non-reflective (left) and reflective (right)

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