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Wildfire Summit held at Buck’s T-4

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BIG SKY – On Sept. 18, four building for wildfire experts will conduct presentations at Big Sky’s Buck’s T-4 Lodge on how to build responsibly in wildfire prone areas, such as Big Sky, Montana.

Dr. Jack Cohen, a retired physical scientist for the U.S. Forest Service; Dan Gorham, a research engineer at the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety; Kathy Clay, Battalion Chief and Fire Marshal for Jackson, Wyoming; and Paul Cada, Wildland Program Manager for Vail, Colorado will present at the summit.

The event will be broken into five segments, beginning at 9 a.m. with a “Welcome and Overview of Wildfire Trends and Home Development Patterns,” presented by representatives from Big Sky Fire Department and Bozeman-based Headwaters Economics. Next, at 9:30 a.m., Dr. Cohen presents “How Homes Burn and the Home Ignition Zone.”

At 11:15 a.m., Gorham will present “The Most Vulnerable Components of a Home,” followed by a presentation by Clay and Cada on “Examples from Other Mountain Resort Communities.” Lastly, a panel will hold a Q&A session comprised of the presenters and County Planning departments.

Attending this event is a wise move for anybody actively or planning to build and develop in Big Sky. Established home and business owners are also encouraged to attend.

Joseph T. O'Connor is the previous Editor-in-Chief for EBS newspaper and Mountain Outlaw magazine.

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