9/17/2020 Update on COVID-19 in Gallatin County


For immediate release: September 17, 2020

As of Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, at 12 p.m. Gallatin County has 14 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, for a cumulative total of 1,207. There are 46 confirmed active cases and two current hospitalizations. There have been a total of 1,157 people recovered in Gallatin County. Four people have died from COVID-19 complications.

See full press release here.

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about COVID-19. Reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123 or email at callcenter@readygallatin.com.

The most accurate local source of information remains the GCCHD website.

9/16/2020 Update on COVID-19 in Gallatin County


For immediate release: September 16, 2020

As of Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, at 12 p.m. Gallatin County has six new confirmed cases of COVID-19, for a cumulative total of 1,193. There are 41 confirmed active cases and one current hospitalization. There have been a total of 1,148 people recovered in Gallatin County. Four people have died from COVID-19 complications.

See the full press release here.

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about COVID-19. Reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123 or email at callcenter@readygallatin.com.

The most accurate local source of information remains the GCCHD website.

9/15/2020 Update on COVID-19 in Gallatin County


For immediate release: September 15, 2020

As of Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at 12 p.m. Gallatin County has seven new confirmed cases of COVID-19, for a cumulative total of 1,187. There are 37 confirmed active cases and zero current hospitalizations. There have been a total of 1,146 people recovered in Gallatin County. Four people have died from COVID-19 complications.

See the full press release here.

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about COVID-19. Reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123 or email at callcenter@readygallatin.com.

The most accurate local source of information remains the GCCHD website.

9/14/2020 Update on COVID-19 in Gallatin County


For immediate release: September 14, 2020

As of Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, at 12 p.m. Gallatin County has had 11 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 since Friday, Sept. 11, for a cumulative total of 1,180.

There were six new cases reported on Saturday, five new cases reported on Sunday, and zero new cases reported on Monday.

See the full press release here.

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about COVID-19. Reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123 or email at callcenter@readygallatin.com.

The most accurate local source of information remains the GCCHD website.

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 alerts.readygallatin.com.

Continuing Assistance for Bridger Canyon Residents

      


For immediate release: September 11, 2020

To continue addressing the needs of people directly impacted by the Bridger Foothills Fire, the Southwest Montana COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster), in coordination with Gallatin County Emergency Management, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and the Custer Gallatin National Forest, will be offering numerous options for assistance to impacted residents on Saturday, Sept. 12:

  • The Salvation Army will be going door to door in the impacted area to connect with residents in person. They will be handing out water and Gatorade, addressing immediate needs, connecting residents to resources, and answering any questions they may have.
  • There will be an informational booth at the Gallatin Valley Farmers Market, which takes place from 9 AM to 12 PM in the Haynes Pavilion at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds. Representatives will have #BozemanStrong stickers to sell as a fundraiser, resource guides available for those impacted, and information for the public on how to donate. This is NOT a place for the public to drop off physical donations.
  • Water, Gatorade and a wide variety of sealed foods, such as protein and snack bars, jerky and trail mix, will be distributed to impacted families at Exhibit Building 3 at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds from 8 to 11 AM. Again, this is NOT a place for the public to drop off physical donations.

The public can donate to impacted residents at the following organizations:

Bridger Canyon Road Update

Bridger Canyon Road remains closed to the public from Boylan Road to Brackett Creek. This includes bikers and runners. The road is open in its entirety for residents only.

Effective Friday, Sept. 11 at 10 AM, Bridger Canyon Road will become accessible for service providers that residents request, such as contactors, construction crews, insurance personnel and trash companies, for example. These service providers must provide to law enforcement the address where they will be working.

Residents and others should stay off the roads from 7 AM to 10 AM, and from 6 PM to 8 PM to allow for fire crews to travel the roads.

When on Bridger Canyon Road, DRIVE SLOWLY for everybody’s safety.

We ask that residents and service providers go directly to the residences. This is not a time to visit your neighbors or have friends or extended family come visit. It is still an active fire zone and fire teams are still working.

The objective is to keep the road clear for firefighting efforts. Any extra traffic only hinders the progress. Residents and service providers need to stay out of their way.

In the active fire zone, residents and service providers can expect to see smoke and flames. DO NOT call 911. They can notify fire personnel in the area if they are around, but they are aware of the situation.

In areas where homes have been destroyed and may have ignited propane tanks venting, DO NOT APPROACH AND DO NOT PUT THEM OUT.

Avoid spending time in any area that has been burned, even on your own property. Many hazards exist including burnt trees that are highly unstable and dangerous.

We want to thank the residents of Bridger Canyon and of Gallatin County for their cooperation in working within these constraints. It’s because if your cooperation that we are able to continue to allow services in for the residents who are trying to rebuild.

For more information, check the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page or call 2-1-1.

Gallatin County Election Department Mobile Satellite Office

Gallatin County Election Department


In an effort to serve voters in advance of Election Day and to alleviate crowding, the Gallatin County Election Department has developed a mobile satellite office that will traveling across the county during the month of October to provide voter services in local communities.

Gallatin County voters will have the opportunity to register to vote, update their voter registration, and receive a ballot in-person. Except for the location on the campus of Montana State University, these services will be provided at an administrative trailer located in the parking lots of the respective locations, not within the buildings themselves. The locations, dates, and times for each of these stops are below:

City of Belgrade Office
91 E. Central Ave, Belgrade
October 7 – 8
9 AM – 6 PM

Three Forks Library
607 S. Main St, Three Forks
October 13 – 14
9 AM – 6 PM

Town of Manhattan Municipal Offices
207 S. Sixth St, Manhattan
October 15 – 16
9 AM – 6 PM

Town of West Yellowstone Offices
440 Yellowstone Ave, West Yellowstone
October 20 – 21
9AM  – 6 PM

Big Sky Water & Sewer District Office
561 Little Coyote Rd, Big Sky
October 22 – 23
9 AM – 6 PM

Campus of Montana State University
West side lobby, Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
October 27 – 30
9 AM – 6 PM

Media contact:
Casey Hayes, Gallatin County Election Manager
casey.hayes@gallatin.mt.gov
406-582-3060

Bridger Canyon Road to Reopen TO RESIDENTS ONLY on Sept. 10

Bridger Canyon Road remains closed to the public from Boylan Road to Brackett Creek. This includes bikers and runners.

Effective Thursday, Sept. 10 at 10 AM, the entirety Bridger Canyon Road will be open FOR RESIDENTS ONLY.

Residents should stay off the roads from 7 AM to 10 AM, and from 6 PM to 8 PM to allow for fire crews to travel the roads.

When on Bridger Canyon Road, DRIVE SLOWLY for everybody’s safety.

We ask residents to go directly to their homes. This is not a time to visit your neighbors or have friends, extended family, or construction crews come to your residences. It is still an active fire zone and fire teams are still working.

The objective is to keep the road clear for firefighting efforts. Any extra traffic only hinders the progress. Residents need to stay out of their way.

In the active fire zone, residents can expect to see smoke and flames. DO NOT call 911. They can notify fire personnel in the area if they are around, but they are aware of the situation.

In areas where homes have been destroyed and may have ignited propane tanks venting, DO NOT APPROACH AND DO NOT PUT THEM OUT. Residents are also advised not to stay in that area, and to collect what they need and leave.

Avoid spending time in any area that has been burned, even on your own property. Many hazards exist including burnt trees that are highly unstable and dangerous.

We really value our relationship with our citizens. We greatly appreciate your support and cooperation. We know how important it is for you to get home to your residences. Help us help you get into and stay in your residences by following these rules.

For more information, check the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page or call 2-1-1.