(Gallatin County, Mont.) Saturday night March 4th, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue responded to Brackett Creek Rd north of Bridger Bowl to assist the Bridger Canyon Fire Department. A passerby had called to report a fire on the ridge east of the Brackett Creek trailhead. The responding deputy met with Bridger Fire Command who expressed concerns with access to the fire and was unable to get their Humvee up the access road. The fire department requested the use of SAR assets to reach the fire.
Search and Rescue volunteers transported fire fighters to the location of the fires via Weasel Creek Rd on snowmobiles. Fire fighters assessed the fires and determined them to be smoldering slash piles. The fires were a safe distance from other combustibles.