Structure Fire in Fort Ellis FSA

At approximately 7:50 am, Wednesday, January 16th, Fort Ellis Fire/Rescue was dispatched to a reported chimney fire on Blue Grouse Court.  On arrival crews found some smoke from around the chimney with reports that the home was filling with smoke.  All occupants were safely outside.  Crews made an interior attack and found fire in the wall behind the fireplace with flames extending into the attic space.  Crews from Amsterdam, Bozeman and Hyalite fire departments assisted Fort Ellis in extinguishing the stubborn blaze.  The residence had damage to the living room and attic.  The cause is undetermined at this time.

For more information, contact Asst. Chief Buck Taylor, 539-9358

Dangerous Road Conditions on I90

The Fort Ellis Fire Department agrees with the Bozeman Pedestrian and Traffic Safety Committee in calling for a reduced speed limit on I90 from the top of Bozeman Pass to Belgrade, says Mike Cech, Chief of the Fort Ellis Fire Department. Chief Cech notes that in 2017 Fort Ellis responded to I90 115 times and for 24 calls in December and 13 calls so far this month. Of these calls, 19 have been in a 3 mile stretch between Bear Canyon and Trail Creek where I90 enters Rocky Creek Canyon. This area is notorious (to us) for developing black ice when approached from the West where roads are clear and dry. Chief Cech observes that a lower speed limit will potentially serve to reduce accidents and improve public and responder safety. Timely highway maintenance, improved road surface treatment, and signage would go a long way to reducing accidents and will also improve highway safety in these high accident locations during bad weather as will warnings posted on the sign board at MP310.

In summary, Chief Cech asks all travelers to slow down and watch out for changing conditions between Bozeman and Livingston.

One Vehicle Roll Over on Trail Creek Road


A one vehicle roll over accident on Trail Creek Road at 0212 Sunday morning resulted in a call out of Fort Ellis Fire Rescue assisted by Bozeman Fire Medic One and Reach Air Medical Services.  The northbound vehicle traveling at high speed left the road and rolled down a steep embankment to land upside down, partially submerged in Meadow Creek.  Two occupants self extricated with minor injuries but one was trapped in the car.  Fort Ellis firefighters deployed battery operated jaws-of-life tools to gain access to the vehicle and after extricating the patient, used low angle rescue rope techniques to haul the patient to the roadway.  Medic One paramedics assisted with patient care and evaluation and who was then flown to Bozeman Hospital by Reach Air Medical Services.

Fort Ellis Chief Mike Cech thanks the Bozeman Fire Department, Reach Air Medical Services, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and the Montana Highway Patrol for their assistance and reminds travelers that they and their families should wear seat belts at all times.  In this case, the patient may not have been wearing a seat belt which contributed to injuries.


Fort Ellis Fire Department Annual Burger Feed

PATCH4The Fort Ellis Fire Department will hold its annual burger feed on Thursday, August 11, 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the Fort Ellis Fire Station, 3725 Bozeman Trail Road.  Burgers and all the fixings will be supplied along with fire engine rides for kids of all ages.  Sign up for the new Gallatin County Mass Notification System.  This new system will allow residents to sign up for the service and to choose how to be notified in case of an emergency, such as an imminent wildland fire.  In addition to landline phones, cell phones (voice or text), work numbers, emails or a smart phone application can be used.  Residents can enter special needs, such as hearing impairment or mobility issues or if dogs, cats, or horses need to be evacuated.

Fort Ellis Fire Service Area Structure Fire

PATCH4The Fort Ellis Fire/Rescue Department and mutual aid partners including Bozeman, Sourdough/Rae, Central Valley, and Amsterdam Fire Departments responded to structure fire South of Interstate 90 in the Trail Creek area at approximately 12:40 PM, 11/30/2015. Fort Ellis units arriving on the scene found a small, occupied cabin had burned to the ground. No injuries were reported but the residents lost all personal belongings in the cabin. The cause of the fire is unknown and is under investigation.
Fort Ellis Fire Chief Mike Cech reminds all Gallatin County residents to be especially careful with fire as we continue into the holiday season. This time of year sees an uptick in residential fires due to chimney fires, extension cords/heaters, Christmas trees, deep fat turkey broilers, and unsupervised candles. Don’t let an unnecessary fire spoil your holidays.
For more information, contact Chief Cech, 581-2816.

Structure Fire in Trail Creek Road

PATCH4Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Fort Ellis Fire Department Press Release:
A family of five is homeless following an early morning fire in the Trail Creek Road area. The Fort Ellis Fire Department was paged to a working structure fire at 05:22, Wednesday, February 25, 2015. Access to the residence was difficult and fire apparatus were delayed by road conditions. On arrival the structure was fully involved in fire and was a total loss. Fort Ellis Fire wishes to thank our mutual aid partners Sourdough/Rae Fire Department, Central Valley Fire Department, Bozeman Fire Department, AMR, and the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Department for responding for assistance.
For more information contact Chief Mike Cech, 581-2816

Fort Ellis Fire Department Annual Burger Feed

PATCH4Fort Ellis Fire Department Media Release

The Fort Ellis Fire Department will hold its annual burger feed on Thursday, August 14, 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the Fort Ellis Fire Station, 3725 Bozeman Trail Road.  Burgers and all the fixings will be supplied along with fire engine rides for kids of all ages.  Come tour our new training facility and see our new “jaws of life” extrication tools.

For more information, contact Fred Cady, 580-2582


Hazardous Fuels Reduction on Mount Ellis

PATCH4Over the past several days residents have seen smoke and fire on the slopes of Mt. Ellis, East of Bozeman, above Bear Canyon. These fires are part of a hazardous fuels reduction program undertaken by the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and are expected to be completed in a few days.
Fort Ellis Fire Chief Mike Cech explains: “We welcome the efforts of the DNRC to reduce the hazard of pine beetle killed trees near the Fort Ellis Fire Service Area. As we have seen in other parts of the state, fires burning in beetle killed forests have been rampant. Although it looks like there are a lot of fires on the slopes of Mt. Ellis, they are surrounded by cleared and snow covered ground. The Fort Ellis Fire Department is monitoring the situation and we assure residents there is no cause for concern.”

Not for publication: For more information, contact Chief Mike Cech, 581-2816 or Asst Chief Fred Cady 580-2582.

Early Morning Wildland Fire


Press Release

For immediate release:

(For more information contact: Chief Mike Cech, 581-2816 or Assistant Chief Fred Cady 580-2582.)

Monday May 13, 2013

8:00 AM

The Fort Ellis Fire Department responded to a wildland fire along the railroad tracks two miles East of Bozeman this morning. Approximately five acres were burned but no structures were threatened during the 5 AM “working-wildland” call. The suspected cause was faulty equipment on a passing freight train.

Even though the temperature at the time of call was 50 degrees and the humidity 50%, fire officials called the fire behavior “moderate”. Fort Ellis Fire Chief Mike Cech states “This is an indication that even though we are starting to see our spring-time green-up, conditions are still very dry. There doesn’t seem to be any significant moisture in sight and residents need to be very careful when setting fires to clean up debris around their properties.”

The National Weather Service in Billings, MT is predicting critical fire conditions with high winds and hot temperatures for Monday with some cooling but still windy on Tuesday. Severe thunderstorms may result from a frontal passage today.

Gallatin County residents are reminded that they must purchase a burn permit and to check the weather forecast before burning. The Gallatin County burn permit web site is:


Spring Fire Season? – Fire Danger is High!

After two wildland fires in the Fort Ellis Fire Service Area in the past week, fire officials are urging residents to be more aware of the potential for fires to start and spread rapidly. According to Mike Cech, Chief of the Fort Ellis Fire Department, it is common to have wildland fires in the early spring.

“People normally think about the danger of wildland fires later in the summer, after things dry out. The spring can be just as bad because of the dead vegetation left after the winter. This spring seems to be especially bad because of the general lack of moisture”, Chief Cech said.

Although open burning has been allowed since the beginning of March, residents can really help their local volunteer departments by being extra cautious or by waiting until after vegetation greens-up when planning controlled burns. Residents are also reminded that burn permits are required for outside open burning.

Gallatin County Burn Permits can be obtained at