Community Services

Safety and prevention area priority of Frenchtown fire. We offer a variety of community services designed to keep citizens of the district prepared.

Fuel Mitigation

“Hazardous fuels mitigation reduces wildfire risk to firefighters, homeowners and the general public. By removing vegetation, fuels mitigation seeks to decrease the amount of fuel available to burn during a wildfire. This helps reduce wildfire intensity so that they can be more safely easily managed, and pose less risk to homes.

When Fuel accumulates, fires burn hotter, faster and with great intensity. By decreasing the amount of vegetation on your property, fuels mitigation can help reduce the risk to you, your home, your neighbors, and to firefighters responding to a wildfire.

To help us make our rural neighborhoods safer, government agencies award grants to local jurisdictions. These grants pay most of the cost to send a crew to work on your land. This allows the Department to hire workers to remove hazardous fuels from your property before fire is on the ground, at a reduced cost to you, the homeowner.

Our mitigation supervisor walks your property with you. Together, we plan to make your home more resilient in the face of wildfire. Prior to beginning the work, we will agree on a contract which specifies your share of the cost to complete the work. Once we finish the job, we’ll send an invoice. The crews cut brush, thin small to medium sized trees, and chips or hand pile debris. They also prune low limbs from the trees that remain. Unfortunately, we cannot perform prescribed fire activities. Our crews follow industry -established best management practices for creating defensible space around your home.

Please call (406) 626-5791 or email [email protected] for more information or to schedule a visit to your property.”

Fire Safety Information

Frenchtown Fire is a long-time participant of Firewise Communities, a national group dedicated to fire prevention and citizen safety. Click through for tips on construction, landscaping, and in-home fire safety.

Frenchtown Rural Fire District is also an active member of the Missoula County Fire Protection Association (MCFPA). Please Click Here for updates to Burn Permits, Fire Danger, Wildfire preparation and general Missoula County Fire Information.

Car Seat Inspections

Frenchtown Rural Fire District has four certified safety seat technicians on staff. Give us a call, and we can make sure you have the right seat for your child, and that it is installed correctly. Contact Us to set up a car seat safety check appointment.

Reflective Address Signs

Station 1 has a supply of reflective signs available to post at your driveway to help firefighters and first responders identify your home in an emergency. Contact Us for more details.

Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors are essential for every home. They simply save lives, especially in night fires. Detectors are available upon request at Station 1.


Want to learn CPR? Obtain your EMT? Need more information about fuel mitigation and fire prevention best practices? Frenchtown Fire regularly offers training for area residents (sometimes with nominal fees). Contact Us for details about upcoming courses.

Burn Permits

Frenchtown Rural Fire District acts in accordance with the Missoula County Fire Protection Association (MCFPA) Burn recommendations. To obtain a burn permit directly you can Click Here to access the online portal.

Burn Permits can be obtained for $7 online or cash in person at Station 1 located at 16875 Marion Street, Frenchtown MT. Our business office is open generally from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday.

Both Mineral and Missoula County burn permits can be accessed through the MCFPA website which can be accessed by Clicking Here. If you have any questions, please feel free to Contact Us, or call (406) 626-5791 for further information.