Keep Montana Green celebrates Wildfire Awareness Month

This poster was the statewide all division winner and was created by Davin Graves. Davin is a second grader at West Elementary School in Laurel.

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In celebration of Wildfire Awareness Month, Keep Montana Green will be showcasing student’s artwork throughout the month of May.

Businesses across the state will be displaying students’ artwork along with a social media campaign. Be sure to check out and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see all the great artwork and receive prevention tips just in time for the summer months. #WildfireAwarenessMonth #ArtKMG

Nine out of 10 wildland fires were human-caused in 2016. KMG’s mission and the goal of the art contest was  to promote awareness on how to we can prevent human-caused wildfires. The contest theme this year was “One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire.”

This year marks KMG’s 56th art contest, in which 3,000 students and 133 teachers from 100 schools from across the state participated. The art entries are first judged regionally where first, second, third are decided. Then, those entries are sent to Missoula, Montana, to be judged with winners from all six regions. The state winners receive ribbons, cash prizes and statewide recognition.

Since KMG’s formation at the end of World War II, the organization has been dedicated to the prevention of human-caused wildfires. KMG was formed in 1945, chartered as a tax-exempt nonprofit organization in 1961 and is governed by a board of directors representative of its membership. The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation has supported KMG since its inception and continues to provide the association with an executive director and office facilities. KMG maintains active public education and media programs focused on the prevention of wildfires in Montana.


Central Montana Winners:

Junior Division (7-9 grades):

2nd Place (tied with another student): Kacee Gordon, 8th grade, Lewistown Junior High, Lewistown

Computer-generated Division (K-12):

3rd Place: Isabella Long, 9th grade, Hobson Public School, Hobson

Audio-Visual Division (K-12):

3rd Place: Leon Aminkeng, 5th grade, Hobson School, Hobson



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