Hoseshoe Fire Update 9:30 AM

Crews headed out to the fire this morning to build and improve fireline; search for heat along the fires perimeter; use air resources to haul water as needed; mop-up; and patrol around structures. Fire activity yesterday was minimal with creeping and smoldering. An infrared flight flew the fire last night discovering areas of heat that the crews will go and investigate and extinguish as needed.

As firefighters and law enforcement assessed the Horseshoe fire on Wednesday the situation emerged as a mixed blessing.  The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation’s (DNRC) County Assist Team and the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office have identified approximately twelve structures that burned during the initial night of the fire. Structure loss includes: three primary residences; two secondary residences; and seven outbuildings.

In the chaotic first hours the fire burned around and among approximately 40 structures. The efforts of homeowners, local volunteer firefighters, and the DNRC paid off, as many of the yards of homes and cabins are islands of green in a sea of black. Local fire engines arrived, were soon joined by a DNRC helicopter, and firefighters began to assess priorities for the fire. Most importantly, the firefighters fulfilled their most critical mission; no residents, firefighters, or members of the public were hurt. The fire was well established when firefighters arrived on the scene late on Monday afternoon. Through quick communication and reliance on the Incident Command System the diverse firefighting resources converged on the scene and made a plan – stay safe, keep the public safe, and try to keep the fire away from homes and structures while watching each other’s’ backs.

Monday night fire behavior was extreme, with flame lengths reaching 50 feet as the juniper torched off the slopes of the Horseshoe Hills. Firefighters worked throughout the night, directing traffic, creating defensible space around homes and buildings, and generally bringing order to a chaotic scene. As the sun rose on the Horseshoe Fire on Tuesday morning the news was mixed. Some families and landowners would lose a great deal while others were spared. But the most extraordinary story may be the success of training, organization, and an unrelenting focus on the safety of firefighters and public. Combined with a great deal of luck and favorable weather the Horseshoe Fire will be contained and those people who lost property and homes in the fire can work to rebuild their lives

CAUSE:   Under Investigation
FIRE LOCATION:   20 miles N of Logan, Gallatin County
PROTECTION:   Gallatin County
OWNERSHIP:   Private

RESOURCES:
3 Hand Crews (20 people/crew)
15 Engines
2 Helicopters
4 Heavy Equipment (2 skidgens, 2 water tender)
168 Total Personnel

SIZE:   1,223 acres

CONTAINMENT:   33%

EVACUATIONS:  Currently there are no evacuations or closures in place.

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Horseshoe Fire Update 7:00 PM 9/13/18

Today crews did a thorough grid of areas adjacent to the fires perimeter in search of hot spots. Due to outstanding efforts, containment has increased to 33%.

The structures destroyed in the Horseshoe Fire consisted of three primary residences; two secondary structures; and seven outbuildings. Approximately 50 structures were threatened by the fire and 25 of those structures were within the fires perimeter.

More accurate mapping has resulted the fire being 1,223 acres.

134 people are assigned to the Horseshoe Fire

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Horseshoe Fire Update 9/13/18 9:30 AM

Light precipitation occurred over the fire yesterday afternoon and into the evening. This weather was helpful in minimizing interior fire activity and allowing firefighters to work on areas holding heat. Firefighting resources will build and improve fire line; work on hot spots; mop-up; and patrol around structures.

As firefighters and law enforcement assessed the Horseshoe fire on Wednesday the situation emerged as a mixed blessing.  The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation’s (DNRC) County Assist Team and the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office have identified approximately ten structures that burned during the initial night of the fire. At this time the types of buildings have not been determined, but the loss of property will affect the community members regardless. However, the story of the fire is also a story of success.

In the chaotic first hours the fire burned around and among approximately 40 structures. The efforts of homeowners, local volunteer firefighters, and the DNRC paid off, as many of the yards of homes and cabins are islands of green in a sea of black. Local fire engines arrived, were soon joined by a DNRC helicopter, and firefighters began to assess priorities for the fire. Most importantly, the firefighters fulfilled their most critical mission; no residents, firefighters, or members of the public were hurt. The fire was well established when firefighters arrived on the scene late on Monday afternoon. Through quick communication and reliance on the Incident Command System the diverse firefighting resources converged on the scene and made a plan – stay safe, keep the public safe, and try to keep the fire away from homes and structures while watching each other’s’ backs.

Monday night fire behavior was extreme, with flame lengths reaching 50 feet as the juniper torched off the slopes of the Horseshoe Hills. Firefighters worked throughout the night, directing traffic, creating defensible space around homes and buildings, and generally bringing order to a chaotic scene. As the sun rose on the Horseshoe Fire on Tuesday morning the news was mixed. Some families and landowners would lose a great deal while others were spared. But the most extraordinary story may be the success of training, organization, and an unrelenting focus on the safety of firefighters and public. Combined with a great deal of luck and favorable weather the Horseshoe Fire will be contained and those people who lost property and homes in the fire can work to rebuild their lives

SIZE:   1525 acres
CONTAINMENT:   18%
CAUSE:   Under Investigation
FIRE LOCATION:   20 miles N of Logan, Gallatin County
PROTECTION:   Gallatin County
OWNERSHIP:   Private

RESOURCES:
3 Hand Crews (20 people/crew)
14 Engines
3 Helicopters
4 Smoke jumpers
7 Heavy Equipment
(3 skidgens, 1 dozers, 3 water tender)

EVACUATIONS:  Currently there are no evacuations or closures in place.

FIRE INFORMATION PHONE: 402-804-8755

WEBSITE: www.gallatinready.com

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Horseshoe Fire Morning Update 9/12/18

FIRE SITUATION:  Today firefighters will continue to build and improve fire line; work on hot spots; and patrol around structures. Resources will continue arriving today to assist with containment. The team is working today in conjunction with Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office to determine the number of structures affected and more details will be released soon.

Night operations staffed the fire last night and monitored burning pockets of vegetation within the fires perimeter, no increase in size occurred. Night operations will also be in place this evening.

The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation’s (DNRC) County Assist Team, Incident Commander Don Pyrah, is in place and managing the fire while working closely with Gallatin County.

The fire began on the afternoon of Monday, September 10th. Initial attack efforts, including ground and air resources, were critical to public safety and minimizing property loss.

PUBLIC MEETING:  7:00 PM tonight, Wednesday, September 12, at Clarkston Fire Hall

SIZE:   2,000 acres
CONTAINMENT:   0%
CAUSE:   Under Investigation
FIRE LOCATION:   20 miles N of Logan, Gallatin County
PROTECTION:   Gallatin County
OWNERSHIP:   Private

RESOURCES:
1 Hand Crew (20 people)
14 Engines
4 Helicopters
4 Smoke jumpers
4 Heavy Equipment (3 dozers, 1 water tender)

EVACUATIONS:  Currently there are no evacuations or closures in place.

FIRE INFORMATION PHONE: 402-804-8755

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Horseshoe Fire Evening Update 9/11/18

Firefighters worked hard today to stop the forward progress of the fire.  Firefighters faced difficult conditions including extremely dry fuels and long turnaround times for the three helicopters hauling water.  The juniper in the area burns hot and fast, making for a long day for firefighters on the ground.

No additional structures were lost today and there have been no reports of public or firefighting injuries.

The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation’s (DNRC) County Assist Team arrived today to assist local, county, state, and federal efforts. Incident Commander, Don Pyrah, with the County Assist Team assumed management of the fire at 8:00 PM this evening and will work in cooperation with Gallatin County Office of Emergency Management, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, and local firefighting resources.

No evacuation orders are in place. Residents are encouraged to stay in touch by registering their phones on www.readygallatin.com and reviewing the information on preparing for wildfires in your community.

An update will be published tomorrow mid-morning with additional fire information and details.

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County Assist Team
Public Information Officer
Crystal Beckman
402-804-8755
dnrcat.team@gmail.com

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Horseshoe Fire Update

GCEM Media Release

(Gallatin County, Mt.)  Horseshoe Fire Update: This morning, the fire was estimated at 2000 acres and is 0% contained. It is burning in steep, rugged terrain that is difficult for fire engines to access. Several structures have been burned but firefighters were able to save others. No details on the number of structures lost are available at this time. There have been no injuries or fatalities among firefighters or the public. There are no evacuation orders in place.

Federal, state, and local resources are being used to fight the fire, including Bozeman Fire, Central Valley, Hyalite Fire, Fort Ellis, Bridger Canyon, and Willow Creek. The current strategy is to protect structures and to attack the fire with ground and air resources, including helicopters and bulldozers. Fire management will transition to a DNRC County Assist Team this afternoon. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Photos courtesy of the Sheriff’s Office.  Downloadable map included in PDF.

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Fire in Clarkston

(Gallatin County, Mont.) Monday afternoon at 3:30 a wild-land fire was reported in the Clarkston South of Pole Gulch Road.  First responding units found a fire burning in timber, grass and brush threatening homes.  Sheriff’s Deputies responded and contacted residents that were in the fire’s path.  Most every fire department in the valley sent resources including aircraft and smoke jumpers from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation & the U.S. Forest Service.  Deputies remain in the area and access is restricted to local residents.  The fire is reported to be about 1500 acres and burning actively.  There are reports that structures have been burned including homes but a full assessment of the damage will not be completed until later.  The cause is under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.  There are no evacuation orders in effect.  Residents are encouraged to stay in touch by registering their phones on www.readygallatin.com  information on preparing for wildfire in your community is also available on that web site.

 

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Man Killed by Logs near Three Forks

(Gallatin County, Mont.)  On September 6, 2018, at 6:39 P.M., The Gallatin County 911 Center received a call of a male who had an accident while unloading logs from a tractor-trailer at a lumberyard outside of Three Forks.  Deputies and Three Forks Ambulance arrived and found that 69-year-old Allan Wagner of Belgrade was deceased, having succumbed to blunt force injuries sustained during the accident.  Gallatin County deputies and a Deputy Coroner investigated the incident.

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Bow Hunter injured near Big Sky

(Big Sky, Mont.)  Thursday afternoon at 4:00 the Gallatin County 911 Center received a call reporting an injured bow-hunter on Buck Ridge South of Big Sky, MT.  The 61 year old man from Indiana had fallen down a steep hill while bow hunting.  During the fall one of his arrows came loose from his quiver, impaling him in the upper right thigh.  The arrow was removed and one of his hunting partners applied a compression bandage.  Sheriff’s Deputies and volunteers from Sheriff’s Search and Rescue at Big Sky responded to the area on the Buck Ridge Trail thirteen miles west of Highway 191 where SAR members located the hunter’s 4×4.  The rescue team found the patient on a steep south facing slope, and used low angle roping techniques, were able to lift the rescue litter with the man back to the trail.  He was transferred to a Life Flight Network medical helicopter, which had landed near the trail.  Life Flight then transported him to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for further medical treatment.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin applauds the individuals in the hunting party for being prepared for this unfortunate situation.  The party had a satellite phone for emergency contact needs and enough medical supplies, and knowledge, to render immediate medical aide.  Being prepared when entering the backcountry is essential, as a normally fun outing can quickly turn into a serious situation.  Photo courtesy of GCSO

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Suspects in Thefts from Vehicles

(Gallatin County, Mont.)

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the following individuals. The two photographed below are suspects in a number of theft cases ranging from Bozeman to Billings.  It is believed one or both of the suspects live in Billings but may have ties to the Bozeman area.  As seen in the color photos, the first suspect, in the driver’s seat has tattoos on the bottom of both wrists and is wearing a work uniform with a name badge.  The second suspect captured later on surveillance cameras operating the vehicle in the black and white photos appears to have a large tattoo on the underside of her left forearm at another location.  If you know the identity of either of suspect, please contact the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office at 406-582-2100.  A reward may be available through Crimestoppers for information leading to successful prosecution.

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