All Gallatin County Fire Districts Allow Open Burning

For Immediate Release             Contact: Kerry O’Connell
10/23/2012 12:00 PM               Phone: 406-582-2092

As of noon today, all fire districts in Gallatin County are allowing residents to activate and purchase burn permits. “This decision was made following the moisture we received last night and this morning, as well as the forecast for more moisture predicted for this week,” said Kerry O’Connell, Gallatin County Fire Warden.

Before they burn, residents are required to purchase burn permits either at www.burnpermits.mt.gov or at their local fire department.

Gallatin County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan Approved by FEMA

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Media Release 

            For Immediate Release                              Contact:  Patrick Lonergan

            Media Release No.  121022-01                  Phone:  406-582-2395

            10/22/2012 1:19 PM                                 www.ReadyGallatin.com

Gallatin County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan Approved by FEMA

Bozeman, MT – Gallatin County agencies recently received notification that their 2012 Hazard Mitigation Plan revision had been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  According to Patrick Lonergan, Emergency Manager, “Having an approved mitigation plan allows agencies to participate in federal mitigation programs to minimize the impacts of future disasters.”  Mitigation projects typically focus on making public infrastructure more resiliant to damage resulting from disasters by correcting known weaknesses before an event occurs. 

Currently several agencies in Gallatin County have mitigation projects underway in which generators are being retrofitted into existing facilities.  “With these facilities now having emergency power they can continue to serve their community’s during events resulting in power outages,” stated Emergency Manager Patrick Lonergan.

The process of updating the Hazard Mitigation Plan started in mid 2011 with participation from the public and representatives from local, state, and federal agencies.  Over several public meetings the plan was reviewed and the community’s mitigation priorities were verified and updated.  As a result the incorporated communities of Belgrade, Bozeman, Three Forks, West Yellowstone and unincorporated Gallatin County are now recognized participants in an approved mitigation plan.

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Search and Rescue Fills it’s Tag on Opening Day

(Bozeman, Mont.) Search and Rescue Crews were successful on opening day of hunting season near Red Mountain in Northern Gallatin County.  A 62 year old Kalispell man became separated from his four Gallatin County hunting partners about 2:30 p.m. Saturday.  The hunting party made efforts to find him until about 9:00 p.m. then they came back to Bozeman and at 11:30 p.m. notified the Sheriff’s Office.  SAR teams led by the Sheriff’s Office searched the area on both side of mountain.  Summit Air Ambulance using advanced night vision equipment with SAR members on board located the hunter near the south fork.  He had built a fire and the team was able to land a short distance away.  He was lost but unharmed and given a ride to his truck.

Sheriff Gootkin stated that there are still many areas of Gallatin County where there is no cell phone coverage.  He recommends that back country users be prepared with good old fashioned map and compass as well as supplies like fire starter, extra food and water.  In this case it turned out well.  In this country sometimes bad things happen to regular people and when that happens we are glad to have the high quality and dedication of our SAR volunteers.    #####

Gallatin County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office

 

On October 13, 2012, the FBI asked for assistance from local law enforcement officers from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Bozeman, Belgrade and Manhattan Police Departments in attempting to locate a suspect from an incident that allegedly occurred in Cody Wyoming on October 8, 2012.  

 The suspect, Jesse Paul Speer was located and arrested without incident in Belgrade on the evening of October 13th.  Speer is being held on a Park County Wyoming warrant for Kidnapping, Aggravated Assault and Felony Use of a Firearm.  Speer has waived extradition from Wyoming and is being held without bond pending that extradition. 

 

We are not able to release further details regarding this arrest in order to preserve the integrity of the investigation.  Please contact the Cody Police Department, Park County Attorney’s office or the Federal Bureau of Investigation for specific questions regarding the investigation.

Please re-broadcast: Missing Belgrade Children Located

Please re-broadcast as we are being inundated with calls regarding this matter:

On the afternoon of October 13, 2012, the Belgrade Police Department received a report that two, 9 year old girls were missing from a residence in a north Belgrade neighborhood. The girls had been missing for several hours and a reverse 911 call was placed to all residents of Belgrade and the surrounding areas. The children were located safe and unharmed later that evening. Belgrade Police Officers and Detectives were assisted in the search by members from the Gallatin County Search and Rescue, Fire Fighters from the Central Valley Fire District, the Bozeman Police Department, and Agents from the FBI-Bozeman Office.

Sergeant Dustin Lensing, Detective Division, Belgrade Police Department, ph. 406-388-4262

Missing Belgrade Children Located

On the afternoon of October 13, 2012, the Belgrade Police Department received a report that two, 9 year old girls were missing from a residence in a north Belgrade neighborhood. The girls had been missing for several hours and a reverse 911 call was placed to all residents of Belgrade and the surrounding areas. The children were located safe and unharmed later that evening. Belgrade Police Officers and Detectives were assisted in the search by members from the Gallatin County Search and Resuce, Fire Fighters from the Central Valley Fire District, and Agents from the FBI-Bozeman Office.

Sergeant Dustin Lensing,Detective Division, Belgrade Police Department.

Hebgen Basin Fire District to Re-Open Burning

For Immediate Release                       Contact: Kerry O’Connell
10/12/2012 2:00 PM                           Phone: 406-582-2092
The Hebgen Basin Fire District will allow open burning on private land beginning October 15th at 8 AM. “With the cooler nights added to the moisture we’ve had this month,” said Scott Waldron, Hebgen Basin Fire Chief, “we think it is appropriate that we lift the ban in our district.” Any residents interested in burning will need to purchase a burn permit either through the Gallatin County Burn Permit website at www.burnpermits.mt.gov or at the Hebgen Basin Fire Station in West Yellowstone.
As of Friday, October 12, 2012, Hebgen Basin is the only fire district in Gallatin County that will re-open burning. “Most of Gallatin County has not received enough moisture yet,” says Kerry O’Connell, Gallatin County Fire Warden. “Typically, weather conditions change during the last two weeks of October which will make more fire districts around the County consider re-opening burning in their jurisdictions.” According to O’Connell, the best way for residents to stay updated is to pay attention to media sources and to check on the burn permit website at www.burnpermits.mt.gov .
Fire districts have the authority to re-open burning on private land within their jurisdictions at any time after Monday, October 15th, weather permitting. This is due to action taken by the Gallatin County Commissioners on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 where they voted to rescind the County-wide burn ban they enacted at the end of June. By rescinding this resolution, recreational fires less than four feet in diameter are once again allowed on private land in Gallatin County. “We urge people to be careful with their campfires and their burn barrels,” says O’Connell. “It’s been a long fire season with several large fires in our area. We won’t see the end of the season until the weather brings us a nice dose of moisture.”