Emigrant Fire Update

For Immediate Release Contact: Karen Tuscano 406-223-2028
Date: July 21, 2013

Emigrant Fire

LIVINGSTON, MT… Thunderstorms that rolled through the area on Wednesday afternoon ignited a small fire on Emigrant Mountain in the Paradise Valley south of Livingston. The fire was reported at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 21, 2013. As of 2:30 Sunday afternoon, the fire was approximately 5 acres.
Four firefighters are currently on the Emigrant Fire, and 16 smoke jumpers have been ordered and will be on scene soon. A helicopter from Yellowstone National Park is helping firefighters on the ground with bucket drops.
The fire is burning in timber with mixed live and beetle killed trees. Along with burning some of the dead and downed trees, single and small group tree torching has been observed.
There are no closures currently in effect due to the fire. Please contact the Livingston Office for more information at 406-222-1892 on Monday through Friday, 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.
The fire danger in the Gallatin National Forest is “Moderate”. The weather forecast is calling for continued warm and dry conditions for the next few days.


Ressler Hazardous Materials Exercise Success


Release Number: 130719-01
Contact:  Patrick Lonergan, (406) 582-2350

Ressler Hazardous Materials Exercise Success

Bozeman, MT – Rae-Sourdough Fire Departments and the regional hazardous materials team completed a successful hazardous materials release exercise Thursday evening at Ressler Motors.  This exercise is part of the HazMat team’s outreach effort to enhance the ability of local fire departments to support the team during incidents.  Over 30 firefighters participated in the exercise which concluded around 10:00 PM Thursday with an after action review in which firefighters captured what worked well and where improvements can be made.

For the exercise Rae-Sourdough Fire Departments were dispatched to Ressler Motors for several people that had been exposed to something and were having medical issues.  Upon arrival the fire department encountered people that needed to be rescued and decontaminated.  The regional hazardous materials team was then dispatched to contain and identify the chemicals.  All the responders worked jointly to properly identify what turned out to be a chemical suicide attempt in a car.

Creating realistic training opportunities like these are critical in developing and maintaining experience in our local responders.  This was a successful inter agency effort which enhanced the community’s ability to respond to large incidents and strengthened the relationships among responders.  The exercise was made possible with support from Ressler Motors and Montana State University – Safety and Risk Management.


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Emergency Personnel Currently Conducting Training Exercise

GCEM Media Release

Release Number: 130718-01
Contact: Patrick Lonergan, (406) 582-2350

Emergency Personnel Currently Conducting Training Exercise

Bozeman, MT – The local Hazardous Materials Response Team and Rae-Sourdough Fire Departments are currently conducting a training exercise at the Ressler Auto Center on Huffine.  People in the area will likely seen emergency vehicles and personnel working on a simulated hazardous materials spill.  This is only an exercise.



(Bozeman, Mont.) The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) and Gallatin County Commission have contracted with Madison, Park, Sweetgrass, Lewis and Clark, and Yellowstone counties along with the Montana Department of Corrections and the US Marshal’s Office for inmate services.  In FY 2013 (July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013) the GCSO billed these agencies approximately $ 1.1 million dollars for housing inmates in our detention center (DC).  Over $400,000 of that revenue will be in a fund for future expansion of the DC when necessary.  The other revenue may be used for GCSO equipment, vehicles, and part time employees for the DC.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sheriff Gootkin or the County Commission. 582-2125 or 582-3000 #####

Lava Lake Hiker Assisted by Rescuers



(Big Sky, Mont) On Sunday, July 14th, 2013, around 12:50 pm, the Big Sky Division of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue and an American Medical Response ambulance responded to the Lava Lake trailhead for a backcountry rescue. Hikers called the Gallatin County dispatch center to report a 52 year old male about 1.5 miles up the trail having difficulty getting back to the parking lot. The male was shaky, had shortness of breath, and had a tingling sensation in his arms. The male was eventually able to walk to the trailhead on his own, where he was evaluated by the waiting ambulance.

Sheriff Gootkin would like to remind the public that if you run into trouble in the back country and know that rescuers are en route, as a general rule, it is better to stay in place and wait for help to come to you.  #####

Bozeman Woman Rescued after Horseback Accident


(Big Sky, Mont.) On Friday, July 14, 2013, at 11:22 a.m., the 911 Center received a report of an woman injured in a horseback accident in the backcountry near Elkhorn Ridge, which is east of the Red Cliff Campground near Big Sky. 

Gallatin County Sheriffs Deputies and the Big Sky Division of Sheriff’s Search and Rescue responded. 

The rescue team accessed the very remote location on all-terrain-vehicles.  When they arrived on scene they treated the 67-year-old female from Bozeman who was being attended by an MD that was in her party.  Based on the amount of rugged terrain they would have to cover to get her out and her condition at the time rescers decided to fly her out of the area to an ambulance.  From there she was transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.

Vehicles at Fishing Access Sites Targeted by Thieves


(Bozeman, Mont.) Contact: Sheriff Brian Gootkin, 582-2125. 

The Sheriff’s Office reports that there has been a increase in thefts from vehicles parked at local fishing access sites.  These thefts have occurred during daytime hours while owners are fishing or otherwise recreating.  Common items stolen are credit cards, wallets, cash and electronics.  The suspect(s) are taking advantage of windows cracked for ventilation and using a tool to reach in and activate the automatic door lock button. 

Sheriff Gootkin reminds people to take the following precautions; Lock your car, leave the windows rolled up and secure or take valuables with you.  As always don’t hesitate to contact the Sheriff’s Office when you see suspicious activity.  Please note vehicle descriptions or license plates involved.  In this case we are especially interested in anyone entering a vehicle by means other than the key at fishing access sites or trail heads.  ######

HazMat Team Conducting Exercise


Release: 130710-01
Contact:  Patrick Lonergan, 406-582-2350, plonergan@bozeman.net

Regional Hazardous Materials Team Conducting Training Exercise

Bozeman, MT – The Bozeman-Gallatin County Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team will be conducting a full scale training exercise with Rae-Sourdough Fire Departments the evening of Thursday, July 18th.  Local media outlets are invited to come to the exercise and learn about response capabilities here in the Gallatin Valley.

This full scale exercise is being conducted in the Bozeman area as a blind exercise to all participants, so this means the location, times, and scenario are not public knowledge in order to maintain a real life feel.  Media interested in viewing the exercise should contact Patrick Lonergan at (406) 582-2350 for more information.  Specific details will be provided prior to the exercise.


ATVers Rescued After Hitting Tree


(West Yellowstone, Mont.) On Monday, July 08, at 3:10 pm, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office with the West Yellowstone section of Sheriff’s Search and Rescue responded to a call of an ATV that had crashed into a tree in the area of Reas Pass. Both the male and female passengers  sustained minor injuries when their four-wheeler struck a tree, ejecting both riders. Rescue personnel were able to transport the injured parties to an area accessible by ambulance which later transported them to Rexburg.  Sheriff’s Search and Rescue was assisted by Yellowstone National Park Rangers and the Hebgen Basin Fire Department.   The passengers are both residents of West Yellowstone.    

Sheriff’s Gootkin would like to remind Off Highway Vehicle users to take the proper safety equipment including helmets, suitable clothing, and first aid kits when enjoying Montana’s scenic by-ways.  A relatively simple trip can easily turn into something much more without the proper equipment and the knowledge of how to use it.