Gallatin County 911 Experiencing Issues Receiving Calls

For immediate release: July 29, 2021

Gallatin County 911 is currently experiencing issues receiving calls to our dispatchers. 
While it is not a complete outage, many calls are not going through and callers may be getting a busy signal when they dial 911. We have heard reports this is also happening in other area counties.
If you receive a busy signal, continue to call or utilize text to 911. To text our dispatchers, create a new text message. Enter “911” into the “To” field. No dashes are necessary. In this text message, include the location of the emergency (including city/name of business/park/fishing access/trailhead/interstates/highways/mile marker, etc.) the nature of the emergency, and your name.
Thank you for your patience while we diligently work to get these issues resolved as quickly as possible. We will update the community as soon as we have more information to share.
Media contact:
Whitney Bermes, Gallatin County Communications Coordinator
Cell: 406-595-8963

Mud Bog Returns to Big Sky Country State Fair

For immediate release: July 22, 2021

Big Sky Country State Fair will bring the roar of engines to Bozeman on July 24 as part of its show lineup. Presented by the Mountaineers 4×4 Club and The Moose, the Mud Bog returns with all its dirt-loving action all afternoon.

See the full press release here.

Media contact:
Amanda Hartman, Gallatin County Fairgrounds Marketing & Sponsorship Coordinator

County Wide Burn Ban in Effect in Gallatin County


For immediate release: July 20, 2021

Due to historically dry fuel levels, ongoing drought conditions and a lack of firefighting resources regionally, the Gallatin County Commission has signed an emergency ordinance banning burning and other activities that increase the risk of wildfire in Gallatin County.

The ordinance went into effect immediately and will remain in effect for 90 days until the commission rescinds it.

See the full ordinance here.

“Since our firefighters are out there doing their best to protect our communities and homes, and putting their lives at risk, the rest of us can do our part to prevent starting any new fires,” said Commissioner Zach Brown. “We’re on track for really rough conditions and relief is not exactly in sight.”

The following acts are prohibited in Gallatin County, excluding only those lands under the jurisdiction of federal, state or municipal agencies:

  • Open burning
  • Recreational fires, excluding petroleum-fueled devices that can be turned immediately on and off with no element that continues to burn
  • Use of any firework, explosive or incendiary device
  • Smoking outside an enclosed vehicle or building, unless the smoking occurs in an area at least three feet in diameter that is clear of all flammable material
  • Operating motorized vehicles off a road or trail, except for an agricultural or utility activity (e.g. maintaining livestock, maintaining water facilities, or utility maintenance work), and forestry management on private land (e.g. thinning and clearing trees and brush) for fuel reduction and fire mitigation.

Although not prohibited by this ordinance, people are also recommended to refrain from shooting firearms outside of developed shooting ranges clear of natural vegetation.

Again, these restrictions are for Gallatin County. Please check with your city or town for local restrictions. And note that additional restrictions are going into effect on the Custer Gallatin National Forest this week, most notably that there will be no campfires allowed whatsoever, even in designated sites.

Gallatin County Commissioners took a number of factors into account when enacting this burn ban.

The Energy Release Component values for Gallatin County indicate that vegetation in the area is at historically dry levels and vulnerable to rapid fire growth. These values for Gallatin County have exceeded the historical maximums and are projected to continue exceeding the maximums until fall.

Graph provided by the Northern Rockies Coordination Center.

Montana’s firefighting resources are stretched thin due to numerous wildfires burning across the region, impacting the ability to respond to a large wildfire if one were to start in our area.

And ongoing high heat, high winds, low humidity and high fire danger are predicted to continue in the short and long term.

“No one wants a fire in our community and now is the time for people think about what they are doing and help keep our area fire free,” said Patrick Lonergan, Gallatin County Chief of Emergency Management and Fire.

Lonergan notes that activities being banned have all started large fires in our area in recent years.

“Fires often start from routine activities that the person never thought twice about. This is a summer to think twice about what you are doing and avoid activities that could result in a fire,” he said.

Sheriff Dan Springer said he supports the commission’s decision to enact the burn ban and urges citizens and visitors to be responsible.

“All public safety resources across the state are spread thin due to multiple fires and multiple evacuations,” Springer said. “With the public’s cooperation, we know we can limit the likelihood of having significant fires in our community.”

Media contact:
Whitney Bermes, Gallatin County Communications Coordinator
Cell: 406-595-8963

4-H Livestock Animals in the Barns All Week At Big Sky Country State Fair


For immediate release: July 19, 2021

The number one reason people come to the fair is to see the animals! This year fair goers can have the experience all week long with 4-H livestock in the barns Wednesday through Sunday.

See the full press release here.

Media contact:
Amanda Hartman, Gallatin County Fairgrounds Marketing & Sponsorship Coordinator

Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Investigates Animal Cruelty Incident

On July 6th, Gallatin County Sheriff’s deputies investigated a call regarding animal cruelty.  The caller reported that a dog had been tied to a bumper and was dragged over half a mile down Jackrabbit Lane before the collar came apart and the dog was set loose.  Deputies searched for the dog and found Marley in the ditch.  As the deputies approached, Marley lifted its head and showed a strong will to live.  Marley was then taken to receive emergency vet care.

Our office is conducting a full investigation of the incident.  In the meantime, Marley is being well cared for and is expected to make a full recovery but Marley has extensive injuries and will need care for quite some time.

A Go Fund Me has been set up to help with Marley’s vet care.

Upcoming Public Meetings on Draft of Gallatin County Growth Policy

Gallatin County Planning Department

For immediate release: July 14, 2021

The latest draft of the Gallatin County Growth Policy will be going before the Gallatin County Commission for review and public comment over the next few weeks.
The hearings will be held in the Community Room of the Gallatin County Courthouse, 311 W. Main St. in downtown Bozeman and via Zoom. The Zoom meeting information for each hearing can be found at the links below. *Please note – the meeting information will be posted on these links the Friday before the meetings occur.*

Tuesday, July 20 – 9 AM:

Tuesday, July 27 – 9 AM:

The draft document is available on the project website at

If you are unable to attend any of these meetings and would like to submit comments, please feel free to send comments directly to the project manager, Garrett McAllister, at
Media contact:
Garrett McAllister, Long Range Planner and Project Manager with Gallatin County Planning Department

Big Sky Country State Fair Offering Motorized Rides Within Fairgrounds

For immediate release: July 13, 2021

In partnership with the Bozeman business Qualicare, the Big Sky Country State Fair has created a program that provides motorized cart rides to destination points within the fairgrounds.

See the full press release here.

Media contact:
Amanda Hartman, Gallatin County Fairgrounds Marketing & Sponsorship Coordinator

7.11.2021 Hell Roaring Trail Rescue

On Sunday, July 11, 2021 at approximately 1:50 pm, Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue had volunteers respond from the Valley and Big Sky to a request for aid from a rider that had come off their horse on the Hell Roaring Trail. The individual, who was out on a day ride, fell off their horse causing injuries that required assistance making it back to the trailhead.


Search and Rescue volunteers, along with Gallatin Gateway Fire, responded using a single wheel litter and were able to transport the injured individual safely out to an awaiting AMR ambulance. 


Sheriff Springer would like to remind everyone recreating outdoors to try and travel with a friend, carry a reliable means of communication, and to have back up plans in case something unforeseen happens.


Photos courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office

American Ninja Warriors Coming to Big Sky Country State Fair

For immediate release: July 9, 2021

The American Minor League Ninja Course is coming to town! If you enjoy watching America Ninja Warrior on TV this event is for you; come watch, compete and see ninjas from the show compete! Famous Ninjas from the show Cowboy Ninja Lance Pekus and Latter Day Ninja Dennis Paulsen Jr will be here to show off their skills, sign autographs and take pictures!

See the full press release here.

Media contact:
Amanda Hartman, Gallatin County Fairgrounds Marketing & Sponsorship Coordinator