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.

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

For immediate release: September 9, 2020

As of Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, at 12 p.m. Gallatin County has 5 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, for a cumulative total of 1,151. There are 45 confirmed active cases and 2 current hospitalizations. There have been a total of 1,103 people recovered in Gallatin County. Three 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.

Update on Bridger Canyon Road Closures

Bridger Canyon Road remains closed to the public from Boylan Road to Brackett Creek.

Effective Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 10 AM, Bridger Canyon Road will be open for residents only from Boylan Road to Jackson Creek Road.

Jackson Creek will be fully open between Interstate 90 to Bridger Canyon Road.

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.

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. 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.

#BridgerHelp Neighbors in Need: Relief and Support Day

 


MEDIA ADVISORY: #BridgerHelp Neighbors in Need: Relief and Support Day

In hopes of addressing the various needs of those directly impacted by the Bridger Foothills Fire, the Southwest Montana COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster), in coordination with the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Gallatin County Emergency Management and the Custer Gallatin National Forest, is hosting an in-person event, providing a one-stop location where people impacted by the fire can meet directly with representatives of organizations who are ready to help with recovery. Those offering services will have tables set up with information and resources for those in need.

Organizers are very aware of the precautions they need to take to avoid the spread of COVID. All those present will be required to wear an appropriate mask. Every opportunity to maintain social distance will be taken advantage of. Cleaning and sanitizing products will be present and used excessively. Additionally, a variety of PPE will be made available to everyone. Organizers are working closely with the Gallatin City-County Health Department to ensure this is a safe venue for all.

Please note that this event is not a place for donations to be dropped off. This is strictly an event for those who have been impacted. Please see below for options for providing donations to those impacted.

If you are an organization who is interested in hosting a table at this event, please contact Kevin Larsen with Gallatin County Emergency Management at 406-548-0117 or kevin@readygallatin.com

 

When:          Wednesday, September 9, 2020
                     8:30AM-6:30PM

Where:         Haynes Pavilion, Gallatin County Fairgrounds

Confirmed Participating Organizations (with more to come):

  • The Salvation Army
  • American Red Cross
  • Greater Gallatin United Way
  • LOVE, Inc.
  • HRDC
  • Community Health Partners
  • Child Care Connections
  • HELP Center 2-1-1
  • Buffalo Restoration
  • Western Montana Mental Health
  • Hilton Garden Inn
  • YMCA
  • Bozeman School District

    For community members looking to help those impacted:

9/8/2020 Update on COVID-19 in Gallatin County

For immediate release: September 8, 2020

As of Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at 12 p.m. Gallatin County has 24 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 since Friday, September 4, for a cumulative total of 1,144. There are 39 confirmed active cases and 2 current hospitalizations. There have been a total of 1,102 people recovered in Gallatin County. Three 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.

Cold Hikers and Bikers Rescued

(Gallatin County, Mont) On Monday, May 7th, at 3pm, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue responded to a report of four individuals stranded at the Mystic Lake Cabin in the Custer Gallatin National Forest. Two mountain bikers had planned an overnight mountain bike trip from Hyalite Canyon to Sourdough Canyon. The weather took an abrupt turn, dropping from a high of 87 degrees on September 6th to a high of 58 degrees on September 7th and higher elevations began to see snow in the late afternoon. The mountain bikers came upon a separate party of three hikers near the area of Mystic Lake Cabin. The hikers were also unprepared for such a drastic shift in weather. The group decided to stay put and make a fire, while one of the bicyclists rode to the Sourdough trailhead to call for help.

Search and Rescue volunteers and the Forest Service District Ranger reached the stranded party by vehicle.  SAR members successfully retrieved the party and transported them to the Sourdough trailhead where AMR Paramedics assessed their condition.  All members were medically cleared and allowed to returned home.

Sheriff Gootkin would like to remind everyone of the potential for rapidly changing weather conditions in Gallatin County as fall arrives.  Please be sure to wear appropriate clothing and footwear, pack necessary provisions, and be prepared to stay out longer than expected when venturing out into our beautiful backcountry.

Bridger Canyon Road Closure Reminder and Clarification

From the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office:

Reminder and clarification: Bridger Canyon Road remains CLOSED from Brass Lantern Court (just west of the M trailhead parking lot) to Brackett Creek Road. The evacuation order in that area remains in effect.

The M and all trailheads in the Bridgers also remain closed.

Please be patient and we will adjust as necessary. We want to ensure we are making decisions that are both in the best interest of the residents and in coordination with other agencies working on the fire.

Bridger Foothills Fire Evacuation Order Lifted For Some Residents

In coordination with the new U.S. Forest Service Type 1 Management Team, effective immediately, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office is lifting the evacuation order for some residents evacuated by the Bridger Foothills Fire to return home permanently unless otherwise notified.

The Kelly Canyon road closure has been moved from I-90 to the intersection of Bridger Canyon Road. Kelly Canyon and Moffitt Gulch residents may return home permanently unless otherwise notified.

The Jackson Creak road closure has been moved from I-90 to the intersection of Jackson Creek Road and Laughing Horse Lane. Residents between those two intersections may return home permanently unless otherwise notified.

Bridger Canyon Road remains closed from Jackson Creek Road to Brackett Creek Road.

It is the goal of the Sheriff’s Office and the Forest Service to get people back to their residences as soon as it is safe to do so.

Please be patient and we will adjust as necessary. We want to ensure we are making decisions that are both in the best interest of the residents and in coordination with the Forest Service.

Bozeman Foothills Fire Relief Fund

(Gallatin County, Mont) A community fundraising effort has been launched to rapidly mobilize financial resources to meet the needs of individuals, families, and agencies impacted by the Bridger Foothills Fire.

The creation of the Bridger Foothills Fire Relief Fund is a joint effort between the Southwest Montana Community Organizations Active in Disaster (SWMT COAD), Greater Gallatin United Way, and One Valley Community Foundation to streamline financial support and direct it to people affected by the fire who need funding most. Funding will also be distributed to agencies supporting fire relief efforts.

To make a donation to the Bridger Foothills Fire Relief Fund, text BRIDGERS to 91999  or give online through the web pages of Greater Gallatin United Way and One Valley Community Foundation.

Big Sky Hiker Bitten by Bear

(Gallatin County, Mont) On September 7 at 7 am Gallatin County 911 received a call from a hunter who had been attacked by a bear. The 69-year-old local man suspected he had gone too close to a kill site near Flattop Mountain where a friend had harvested an animal a couple days ago. A sow bear with cubs attacked him, causing injuries to his shoulder and hip.

Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in Big Sky, Big Sky Fire, Montana Highway Patrol, and Yellowstone Club Security were able to drive close to the man and walk him out to the waiting ambulance, which transported him to the Big Sky Medical Center.

Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind hunters and hikers that bears more actively search for food in the fall and can be protective of their food sources. When hunting or hiking in bear country, always have some form of repellent easily accessible on you. Make sure your cell phone is fully charged in case you have an emergency and need to use it.