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Everett M. “Sonny” Stiger retired after 26 years with the U.S. Forest Service as a Fire and Fuels Management Specialist, followed by ten years with Montana Prescribed Fire Services in the same capacity-a period of 36 years from 1956 to 1994. During that time he worked up through the fire organization to a Class One Fire Boss in Region Two of the U.S Forest Service.

He was the primary author of the original fire use management plans for the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex and the Anaconda Pintler Wilderness. Sonny is still active as a Fire Management Consultant for the Tri-County FireSafe Working Group headquartered in Helena, MT., and as a Fire Behavior Analyst for the Lewis and Clark County Fire Council.

Sonny is currently on the Board of Directors of FireSafe Montana. This is a private, non-profit organization coordinating and supporting a statewide coalition of diverse interests working together to help Montanans make their homes, neighborhoods, and communities fire safe.
Sonny was the Wolf Creek Fire Chief from 1989 through 1997 and Chairman of the Fire Service Area Board of Trustees from 1997 through 2005.

He was a co-founder of the Tri-County Fire Working Group in 1984 and received the Keep Montana Green Association Fire Prevention Wildland Fuel Management Award in 2001 for his efforts in that arena.

Sonny has taught courses and lectured on fire and fuel management regionally, nationally, and internationally and authored articles for Fire Management Notes, Fire Management Today, and Montana Outdoors. He co-authored a paper for the 11th Conference on Fire and Forest Meteorology, entitled “Projecting Free-Burning Prescription Fires Using Pre-Season and Pre-Fire Indicators”.

Sonny was a key-note speaker for the 2011 International Wildland Fire Safety Summit. His lecture titled “Wildland Fire Fighter Safety and the Mountain Pine Beetle” was based on a paper he recently co-authored entitled “Fire Behavior Observations in Mountain Pine Beetle Killed Trees in the Tri-County Area”.

In 2011, Sonny was presented with the Governor’s Ready Montana Award for his work in wildland fire safety and emergency preparedness.
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