Daily Update Bear Trap 2 Fire: June 28, 2012

Start date: June 25, 2012 Contact: Jack Conner, Mariah Leuschen, Marilyn Krause
New Phone Number: (406) 685-5113
Phone: (406) 548-1174 Cause: Human Caused

Location: 20 miles northeast of Ennis, MT along the Madison River.

Current Size: Approximately 14,770 Containment: 12%

Resources Assigned: 2 20-person crews, 1 Type 1 Hotshot Crew, 2 Helicopters, 6 Engines, 2 Dozers

Closures: Norris Road (MT Hwy 84) is currently open from Blacks Ford to Norris. Potential burnout of unburned fuel along Hwy 84 may cause temporary road closures between mid-day and mid-afternoon. A notification will be sent out. Restrictions on Madison River Road are lifted and travel is allowed. Recreation facilities in the Bear Trap Canyon corridor along the Madison River remain closed. Firefighting resources are working hard to make the Madison River corridor safe for public use. Floaters and anglers are urged to make plans to use other areas through July 9. Access to the Madison River is closed on all BLM land within the Lower Madison River Special Recreation Management Area.

Current Status: A Type 2 Incident Management Team under the direction of Incident Commander Stan Benes took over management of the fire on Wednesday. The fire burned actively on Wednesday and dozers were used effectively in some areas for line construction. Helicopters on loan from a neighboring incident were used to check fire spread and protect structures. A night shift worked Wednesday night to protect structures and patrol and mop up along Highway 84. The fire is most active on south and west flanks.

Planned Actions: Fire personnel will continue to scout and construct fireline through all divisions. Most resources will be focused on the west and south flanks where the potential for growth is greatest. Dozers and engines will be used to secure and strengthen fireline.

Weather: A high pressure system will continue over the fire vicinity Thursday with continued hot and dry conditions reaching between 84-89 degrees with low humidity. Expect southwest winds 5-10 mph..

Remarks: 3 structures confirmed lost, evacuation warnings are in effect for Blacks Ford south to Norris, within Madison County. Gallatin County pre-evacuation notifications are in effect for Blacks Ford north into Gallatin County. No injuries reported.

Cooperating Agencies: Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Dillon BLM, Madison County, local and rural volunteer fire departments, Gallatin County, MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks, MT DNRC.
The fire is listed on Inciweb: www.inciweb.org
Updates will also be available via: http://www.readygallatin.com/ and
Gallatin County Media Center at: http://www.gallatinmedia.org/

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Hiker Rescued During Wind Storm

On 06-26-12 at approximately 1256 hours, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Search and Rescue, Gallatin Gateway Fire and AMR responded to a report of an adult female hiker with a broken leg on the South Cottonwood trail about 2.7 miles from the trailhead.

 The strong winds caused a tree to collapse on the hiker breaking her leg in several places.  Other hikers in the area found her and called for assistance.  The Gallatin County Search and Rescue Team hiked up the trial and loaded the patient onto a cart and walked her down the trail were AMR was standing by for transport to BDH.  The SAR Team had to use a chainsaw to remove a downed tree from the trail.  The winds were in excess of 40mph which restricted the use of a helicopter.

Sheriff Gootkin stated that this is a good example of how bad things can happen to regular people and that even a short outing can turn dangerous.  Be prepared; a communication device, let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back, pack extra clothing, food, water and basic first aid equipment.  #####

Bear Trap 2 Daily Fire Update

Start date: June 25, 2012 Contact: Mariah Leuschen and Marilyn Krause
Phone: (406) 548-1174
Cause: Human Caused

Location: 20 miles northeast of Ennis, MT along the Madison River.

Current Size: Approximately 3000+ Containment: 0%

Resources Assigned: 1 20 person crew, 1 Type 1 Hotshot Crew, 2 Type 2 Helicopters, Additional resources requested.

Closures: Norris Road in Gallatin County from Four Corners to Madison River Road is open. Norris Road (MT Hwy 84) from Madison River Road to Norris is still closed. The restrictions on Madison River Road are lifted and travel is also allowed. Recreation facilities in the Bear Trap Canyon corridor along the Madison River remain closed. Floating the Madison River is not recommended, much of the Madison River corridor within the fire area is closed for public and firefighter safety. All BLM lands within the Lower Madison River Special Recreation Management Area remain closed.

Current Status: A type two Incident Management Team under the direction of Incident Commander Stan Benes will transition and assume command of the fire today. Additional resources are ordered and will be arriving over the next few days. Continued hot and dry conditions, steep terrain, along with sustained strong winds, with gusts to 40 mph have hampered firefighting efforts. Tuesday afternoon the fire made a run along the western and northeastern flanks crossing the Madison River and Hwy 84, resulting in rapid rates of spread and active fire behavior.

Planned Actions: Fire personnel will continue to scout and construct fireline through all divisions. The fire burned actively until Tuesday evening. Resources are limited, but as additional incoming resources arrive they will be assigned and begin constructing fireline and securing the fire’s perimeter.

Weather: A high pressure system will continue of the fire vicinity today with continued hot and dry conditions reaching between 75-80 degrees. Winds will be lighter at 6-12 mph, southwest.

Remarks: 2 structures confirmed lost, evacuations are in effect for Blacks Ford south to Norris, Gallatin County pre-evacuation notifications are in effect for Blacks Ford north into Gallatin County. No injuries reported.

Cooperating Agencies: Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Dillon BLM, Madison County, local and rural volunteer fire departments, Gallatin County, MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks, MT DNRC.
The fire is listed on Inciweb: www.inciweb.org
Updates will also be available via: http://www.readygallatin.com/ and
Gallatin County Media Center at: http://www.gallatinmedia.org/

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Blacks Ford Fire in Gallatin County Information

(Bozeman, Mont.)

Today the Bear Trap Fire was pushed by strong winds into Gallatin County north along the Madison River at Blacks Ford.  Sheriff’s Deputies assisted by MHP, Fish and Game Wardens and USFS Rangers issued evacuation warnings to residents on both sides of the Madison River on Madison Road to McDonnell Road.  No evacuation orders have been issued.  Deputies are contacting residents and providing information.  Norris Road and Madison Road are restricted to resident traffic only.  This includes land owners or people legitamately assisting local residents.  The BLM recreation sites and camp grounds remain closed as does the river for fishing and floating.  #####

Added Patrols are Out to Deter Impaired Driving

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The Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to alcohol-impaired driving crashes so Gallatin County  Sheriff’s Office will be stepping up traffic patrols to help keep travelers safe.  

 “Too many people die each year due to those who choose to drive impaired, so our officers will be out in full force this Fourth of July showing zero tolerance for impaired drivers,” said Sheriff Brian Gootkin.  “This is a time of year with many parties and celebrating, but there is nothing to celebrate if you get a DUI, crash your vehicle, or injure or kill someone.”

 Officers will be concentrating on deterring speeding and encouraging the proper use of seat belts and child restraints.

 Sheriff Gootkin also offered these reminders for safety:

  • Designate a Driver. Before the fun begins know who is your sober driver. 
  • Arrange for a Pick Up.  The designated driver doesn’t have to be at the party, as long as he/she is willing to drop off and pick up party goers.
  • Keep Ride Options on Speed Dial.  Be it a taxi, friend, neighbor, or parent, have that go-to number programed in your phone.
  • Use A Ride Home Program. 
  • Plan Your Own Ride Program.  As a party host, have a plan with taxis or designated drivers to get your guests home safely.
  • Plan to Spend the Night.  Crashing on a couch is better than crashing a car. If you’re going to a house party, why not spend the night?
  • Call a Taxi.

  “We’d rather everyone make the choice to have a sober driver than to risk a DUI or worse,” said Sheriff Gootkin. 

 The additional patrols are funded by the Montana Department of Transportation Selective Traffic Enforcement Programs (STEP) grants.

 

Sheriff/Coroner Identifies Victim of Crash on I-90

(Bozeman, Mont.) The Sheriff’s Office identied the victim of a fatal crash on I-90 at mile post 295 west of Belgrade.  The 911 center was notified of a head on crash at 00:09 a.m. this morning involving a wrong way driver on the interstate.  Killed was 28 year old Meghan Carina Powell of Belgrade.  She died at the scene.  MHP is investigatin the crash.  #####

Sheriff Looking for 82 yr old Alzheimer Woman

For Immediate Relase and Broadcast: 6-26-12 4:15 a.m.

Sheriff’s Search and Rescue with Bridger Canyon, Bozeman Fire Depts and Bozeman Police are currently searching for an 82 year old woman suffering from Alzheimers.  She was last seen in the area of the M trail head about 8:00 last night.  The Sheriff’s Office recieved a 911 call from her husband at 1:13 a.m. and searchers have been in the field since that time.  Sheriff Gootin asks that anyone with information or a sighting contact the Sheriff’s Office at 582-2100.

We are looking for Sarah Jane Shaw.  5’4″ 120 pounds, white hair, blue eyes.  No clothing description is avaiable.  She is reported to be in good physical condition and Alzheimer patients have been know to travel long distances.