Volunteer Registry

Individuals wishing to volunteer to help in the communities affected by the current fires can contact the Bozeman Help Center by dialing 211 or 586-3333 to register.  The Help Center is a partner with Gallatin County Emergency Management and maintains our registry for spontaneous voluteers wishing to help.  Individuals who contact the Help Center will be added to a list based on how they can help and their skills/ resources.  While there is not a large demand for volunteers right now, if the need arrises Gallatin County Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters can utilize this list to connect with volunteers.

Millie Fire 8/31 AM Update


Efforts Conitinue on The Millie Fire

Incident: Millie Fire Wildfire
Released: 3 hrs. ago
Efforts Continue on the Millie Fire
Bozeman, MT – The Millie Fire burning about 20 miles south of Bozeman, MT on the Gallatin National Forest was estimated to be 9,500 acres last night with 0 percent containment. The fire resulted from recent lightning and was discovered on the afternoon of August 28th.
As the fire became established in the Storm Castle Creek drainage management of the firefighting transitioned from the initial attack phase to a Type 2 Team from the Great Basin. The new Team assumed administration at 6:00a.m. this morning.
Today’s efforts will focus on building direct line and mopup in the Blanchard Ranch inholding area. On the north-northwest portion efforts will focus on using existing roads and dozer work to keep the fire from advancing into the Smith Creek drainage.
Fire managers will also be making plans and scouting line building in the Cottonwood and Hyalite drainages today.
Additional resources, handcrews and air assets are on order and will be put to work as they become available.
An Informational Meeting was held last night at the Hope Lutheran Church, 2152 W. Graf St. in Bozeman. Over 220 people attended with an opportunity to hear the most current fire information and look at maps. Another Informational Meeting is planned for 6:00p.m. this evening at the same location.
The public is reminded that there will be an increase in fire traffic on roads in the area and as the holiday weekend approaches to use caution when driving.



The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the ATF will hold a press briefing today, Thursday, August 30th at 1:00 p.m. in Jury Room B of the Law and Justice Center.  The purpose of the briefing is to update the public on the Heritage Christian Fire. 

The Sheriff will also give a brief overview of the Sheriff’s Office role in the Millie Creek Fire.

Millie Fire Community Meeting 8/29/12

Millie Fire Update
August 29, 2012 AM

Community Meeting Tonight
Gallatin Gateway Community Center 6:00 PM
Start date:  August 29, 2012

Bozeman R.D:  24 hour hotline 406-522-2534

Cause:  Lightning

Location:  20 miles south/southwest of Bozeman, MT in Storm Castle Creek drainage on the Gallatin National Forest, Bozeman Ranger District.  The fire is burning about three miles east of Rat Lake near the Blanchard inholding.

Current Size:  Approximately 500+ acres

Containment:  0%

Resources Assigned:  1 Type I Crew, 3 engines, 4 smokejumpers, 1 local helicopter on scene.  Approximately 60 people are ordered and will be arriving throughout the day today. A Type II Incident Management team will be arriving today and taking command of the fire on Friday morning.

Closures:  Spire Rock Campground and Garnet Mountain trail are currently open.  There is currently no ATV access to the cabin or other trails in the drainage.  All trails and roads above the Spire Rock Campground are closed.  Recreation Residences along Hwy 191 are currently open and have not been evacuated. An area closure is in place to all trail and roads leading into the fire area between Storm Castle Creek Road and south to the Swan Creek road and east to the Gallatin Ridge.

Structures Threatened:  Blanchard Inholding, unknown number of structures at this time.

Current Status:  The Millie Fire started at approximately 1:05 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon and is burning in heavy dead and down fuels, mixed conifer and sub-alpine fir.  Firefighters continue to work on securing an anchor point along the fire’s perimeter.  The Millie Fire burned actively along all perimeters into the Tuesday evening and is expected to grow tomorrow.

Planned Actions:  Additional resources are ordered and will be assigned to the fire as they arrive.  Fire personnel will be evaluating needs, securing anchor points along the fire’s perimeter. 

Weather:  A dry cold weather front is expected to arrive mid-day over the fire vicinity with gusty and erratic winds eventually shifting south to southwest.

Media Contact:  406-570-5526 and 579-3732



  The Gallatin County Sheriff” Office  along with the Bozeman Police Department, and the ATF  will conduct  a press conference on Tuesday,  August 28, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in Jury Room B of  the Law and Justice Center. 

  The purpose of the press conference is to answer questions regarding the investigation of the recent fires at the Heritage Christian School in the county and the building at 1087 Stonebridge Drive in the city.  No further information will be released by any agency until this time.




August 23, 2012,

 Press release

Level 1 Sex Offender – Media Release

Thomas Parker is a Level 1 sexual offender living in the Gallatin County community.  He was previously at the Missoula Assessment and Sanctions Center.   He is currently living at 80221 Upper Rainbow Rd, Bozeman, MT.  Attached is a photograph of Parker.

Thomas Parker

DOB:  12/19/44

Physical Description:  5’6” 230 lbs

Address: 80221 Upper Rainbow Rd

Offense:  Sexual Intercourse without consent/Sexual Assault, Victim was 15 years of age.  

Offense was committed in Flathead County, Montana

Sentence date:  March 8, 1989

Parker is currently supervised by the State of Montana Department of Corrections Adult Probation and Parole for this offense.

 Brian M. Gootkin

Sheriff Brian M. Gootkin
Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office
615 South 16th

Bozeman, MT  59715
(406) 582-2125
Fax    582-2126

Sheriff/Coroner Press Release


On August 19th, 2012, at approximately 0400 hours, the Gallatin County Coroner’s office responded to a death that occurred at Grand and Main in the city limits of Bozeman.  The deceased was identified as Jon Olson, a 35 year-old male resident of Bozeman. 

   An autopsy is scheduled for this afternoon to assist in determining the cause of death. We are conducting a joint investigation with the City of Bozeman Police Department.


Undersheriff Dan Springer

Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office

615 S. 16th Ave.

Bozeman, MT. 59715




  On August 17, 2012, at 1:00 pm, the 911 Center received a report of an injured female who was approximately one mile up the trail from the Swan Creek Trailhead in the Gallatin Canyon.

   Personnel from the Big Sky division of Gallatin County Search and Rescue, the Gallatin County Sheriffs Office, and the Big Sky Fire Department responded.

   The rescue team quickly located the injured party, a 65 year-old female from Big Sky, Montana.  She had been hiking with her husband and injured her ankle.  The rescue team brought her to the trailhead on a wheeled litter.  They returned to the trailhead at approximately 2:41 p.m. and her husband transported her to the hospital.



  On August 18, 2012, at approximately 11:56 PM, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a 57 year-old male who was overdue from a dirt bike ride in the Bear Canyon area. 

   After family and friends looked for him and were only able to locate his dirt bike, the Gallatin County Search and Rescue was contacted.  With the assistance of a Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office coordinator, a hasty search utilizing ATV’s and pickups was activated.

   At approximately 5:50 AM the next morning, the missing man was located.  The man had sustained a shoulder injury, but was otherwise okay.  He was taken to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for further evaluation and treatment.

   Sheriff Gootkin would like to remind everyone that things can change quickly when recreating in the backcountry.  So always be prepared for the unexpected and always let someone know where you’ll be going.

Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office


  On August 14, 2012, at approximately 10:37 a.m., the Gallatin County 911 Center was notified of a wild land fire near 3100 Trail Creek Road off of I-90.  The Fort Ellis Fire Department and several other fire departments, along with the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office responded to the fire. 

  Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputies evacuated one home and issued warnings to several others in the area.  There were no road blocks or closures.  The fire has been extinguished.  Refer any fire questions to the Fort Ellis Fire Department.