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.

Monday’s Crash Victim Identified


(Gallatin County, Mont.) On Monday morning the Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a single vehicle accident located near mile post 2 on Hyalite Canyon road. One individual was transported to St. Vincent’s hospital in Billings and the other occupant was found deceased in the front passenger seat of the vehicle. The deceased has been identified as Micah Aafedt. Mr. Aafedt is a 21 year old male from Bozeman. The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and the Montana Highway Patrol are conducting a joint investigation into the accident.


Skier Impaled on Tree in Hyalite

(Gallatin County, Mont) Today at approximately 1:20 pm, Sheriff’s Search and Rescue was dispatched to the History Rock area in Hyalite Canyon. A backcountry skier had been skiing alone and impaled himself on a tree. The impalement occurred in the groin and was bulging near the belly button. The skier began walking out when he located another group of skiers. The group assisted him in building a fire and sent a portion of their party to lead Rescuers to the scene. Search and Rescue including specially trained medics located the injured party and with the use of a back country rescue helicopter and technical rescue specialists transported him to the waiting Summit medical helicopter. He was then flown to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. The patient remains at Bozeman Deaconess and is receiving appropriate medical attention. Assisting agencies include Rae Sourdough Fire Dept and AMR ambulance.

Sheriff Brian Gootkin reminds everyone that skiing in the backcountry can be dangerous. Please ski with a partner, notify people of your location and bring the appropriate equipment. In this case, Search and Rescue was notified quickly and the weather conditions cooperated for a safe and effective extraction of the patient.

Eager Skier Lost then Found near Big Sky


(Big Sky, Mont.) On Wednesday 11/04/15 at 4:15 p.m. Sheriff’s Search and Rescue units from Big Sky conducted a search for a 20 year old male from Big Sky that was reported missing. The male had been skiing In the Middle Basin area of Beehive Basin and was last seen around 12:00 p.m. according to the reporting party.

Big Sky Search and Rescue personnel hiked in to the area from the top of Beehive Basin Loop and from the North Fork Trailhead. The snow was approximately one foot deep and the temperature was around 20 degrees. Unfortunately the skier did not have a GPS or transceiver to communicate his location.

At approximately 9:31 p.m., Big Sky Search and Rescue personnel located the male unharmed and in good health.

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the outstanding professionals that volunteer their time to make sure that a lost or missing person makes it home safely.

Sheriff Gootkin would like to remind everyone to stay together when exploring the backcountry. Another good tip is to carry some form of communications and location technology with you to assist you when you get turned around in the vast wilderness of the Montana landscape.