Private Landowner Mitigation Opportunities

Missoula County Home Ignition Zone Program

Missoula County and United Way apply for grants to help offset costs of fuel mitigation and home ignition zone mitigation. This is a cost-share program where the homeowner is responsible for 50% of the cost of service. Below is more information:​

  • Collaborative program between Missoula County, United Way and the Montana Conservation Corps.

  • Available for all homeowners within Missoula County's Wildland-Urban Interface. 

    • Also available for community open space land, HOA property, etc.​

  • Ideal for small acreage (0-10 acre landowners).

  • Tasks include Home Ignition Zone mitigation, hazardous fuel reduction, slash removal.

  • Contact Max Rebholz for details: 406-880-8090.

Frenchtown Rural Fire Department Fuel Mitigation Program
  • Fuel mitigation program for residents within Frenchtown Rural Fire District's jurisdiction.

  • Reduce flammable vegetation around homeowners structures to make FRFD's rural communities safer for when a wildfire occurs.

Missoula Rural Fire Department Fuel Mitigation Program
  • The Fuel Mitigation Crew works through the summer helping homeowners in the District to reduce the fuels around their homes and make their properties safer and more resilient to wildfire. 

  • The program cuts brush and thins trees on a property to produce defensible space around homes in the wildland urban interface.

  • MRFD crews help 30 to 35 property owners each year with these projects, utilizing grant funding and homeowner matching funds to provide the work.

Bitterroot RC&D Hazardous Fuels Reduction Program
  • Hazardous Fuels Treatment Grant funding may be available to assist private landowners and communities living in the Wildland-Urban Interface within Missoula, Mineral and Ravalli Counties as follows:

  • Assist private landowners and communities reduce hazardous fuels while improving forest health on private lands.

  • Help landowners create and maintain defensible space around their homes from wildland fire, and improve the health and vigor of private forest lands.

  • Improve health and vigor of private forest lands.

NRCS Wildfire Adapted Missoula Project
  • Landowner assistance program to help offset costs of hazardous fuel reduction on private land.
  • Applications are typically received in early March.
Blackfoot Challenge Fuel Reduction Program
  • Grant funds available for landowners throughout the Blackfoot watershed.

  • Cost-share program is typically at a 50/50 cost share.

  • Landowner is responsible for hiring their own contractor or doing the work themselves.

Clearwater Resource Council
  • Provide financial assistance for fuel mitigation for landowners in the Seeley area.

  • Cost-share program is typically at a 50/50 cost share.

  • Landowner should visit their website and complete an application. 

  • CRC will review the application and let you know if you qualify for the program.