Fire on Rifle Road

For immediate release: September 13, 2020

Thanks to the rapid response of numerous area agencies, a fire at a residence on Rifle Road was under control and kept from spreading in less than two hours from the initial report.

Around 11 AM on Sunday, Sept. 13, an explosion and a fire was reported at a residence on Rifle Road.

Quickly after the initial report, the Northern Rockies Type 2 Incident Management Team #5, which is in the county to assist on the Bridger Foothills Fire, coordinated rapidly with local resources to respond to the fire. Two helicopters working with the Team used buckets to drop approximately 4,000 gallons of water to douse the flames of the fire to keep it from spreading further into the timber. One structure was severely damaged by the fire, but no other structures were damaged or lost.

Thirty homes were given pre-evacuation notices by law enforcement on the ground in the following areas: Rifle Road, Winchester Road, Colt Road, Goes Nowhere Road, High Ridge Road, Woodchuck Road, and areas of Trail Creek Road. Those who have signed up with the Community Notification System were also remotely notified about the incident. Those warnings concluded at 1 PM after the fire was under control.

One person received minor injuries.

In addition to 10 Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office deputies who responded, other agencies that assisted included Fort Ellis, Hyalite, Bozeman, Central Valley, Gallatin Gateway and DNRC fire departments, as well as Gallatin County 911, Gallatin County Emergency Management, AMR, Park County Sheriff’s Office, Montana Highway Patrol and U.S. Forest Service law enforcement.

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank all of the agencies involved in the quick, coordinated effort in responding to this incident. While the loss of the residence is devastating to the owners, it is thanks to the rapid response that no one was significantly injured and no other properties were lost.

The recent fires in Gallatin County are a reminder to residents to get signed up for the Community Notification System.

The free registration allows you to receive timely information about emergencies in your area such as wildfires, floods, law enforcements standoffs and more. The information can be localized to the areas of the county where you live, work or play. And it can be sent to you directly in a number of ways – text messages, phone calls, emails and more.

To sign up for the Community Notification System, please visit

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