North Eight Mile Fire

For Immediate Release                                                         Contact:  Karen Tuscano, 406-223-2028

Date:  August 16, 2013                                                                          Mariah Leuschen, 406-548-1174


Custer and Gallatin National Forests

Initial Attack Fire Update

Bozeman and Billings, MT –The Custer and Gallatin National Forests currently has one new confirmed start as of noon on Friday, August 16 on the Yellowstone Ranger District.  The North Eightmile Fire currently has 1 helicopter and 8 smokejumpers on scene.  This fire is visible south of Bozeman and is burning in timber with mixed beetle killed trees.  Additional resources have been ordered including 1 Tanker and 2 single engine air tankers.  No structures threatened.

Fire Name:  North Eightmile Fire

Start date:  August 16, 2013                                                        

Cause:  Under Investigation                       

Location:  Approximately 4 miles south of Mystic Lake Cabin and 20 miles southwest of Livingston, MT – (T4S, R7E, Sec 20)

Current Size:  Approximately 10 acres

Resources Assigned:  1 helicopter and 8 smokejumpers on scene, 1 tanker and 2 single engine air tankers on order

Current Status:  Active fire, burning in timber, torching

The Emigrant, Horsetail and Sheep Fires have kicked up a little smoke today as well that people may see and air and ground resources are being utilized on those fires based on current tactics for each.  More information can be found at:



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August/Labor Day Crackdown


Local Law Enforcement Joins National Crackdown

To Reduce Drunk Driving Fatalities

‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Campaign Will Target Drunk Drivers

 [Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana] – From mid-August through Labor Day, local law enforcement will be out in force as part of the annual nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on drunk driving.   The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Gallatin County will run from August 16 through September 2, 2013.

The effective nationwide drunk driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb drunk driving in August and through the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Gallatin County Sheriff Gootkin and Bozeman Police Department Patrol Captain McManis said their deputies and officers will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving drunk.

Although it is illegal in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive drunk (having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher), far too many people across the nation get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol.  The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration underscore the serious nature of the nation’s continuing drunk driving epidemic.

 “Every year, about one third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more drunk drivers or motorcycle operators,” said  Sheriff Gootkin.  “In 2011 9,878 people died in crashes involving drunk drivers.  That works out to approximately one drunk driving fatality every 53 minutes.”

 Captain McManis added that holidays such as the Labor Day holiday are particularly dangerous.

 During the Labor Day weekend in 2011, a total of 138 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drivers or motorcycle riders with BACs of .08 g/dL or higher.  Of those fatalities, 83 percent occurred during early evening and overnight, from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.

 Drunk driving takes a particularly heavy toll among young drivers.  Among 18- to 34-year-old drivers killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes during the 2011 Labor Day weekend, 42 percent were alcohol-impaired.

 “Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign reduces drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent.  By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Bozeman and Gallatin County’s roadways safer for everyone throughout the Labor Day period,” said Captain McManis.

 “We want to remind everyone that getting behind the wheel drunk is a terrible idea.  Unfortunately, not only does drinking impair your ability to operate a vehicle safely, it also impairs your judgment and good sense about whether you can, or should drive.  If you have any doubt about your sobriety, do not get behind the wheel.  If you do chose to drive impaired, you will be arrested.  No warnings. No excuses,” Sheriff Gootkin said.

 Captain McManis and Sheriff Gootkin both noted that being arrested for driving drunk brings a wide range of negative consequences into one’s life.  Drunk drivers face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators also often face tremendous personal embarrassment.

 “Driving drunk is simply not worth the risk. So don’t take the chance. Remember, we will be out in force and we will be watching, so ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,’” said Captain McManis.

 For more information, visit the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Headquarters at


Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin (406) 582-2125    

Bozeman Police Dept. Patrol Captain Dave McManis (406) 582-2022



Three Forks City Council Vote Unanimous


The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce that the Three Forks City Council voted unanimously last night to contract with the Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services.  The vote is contingent on contractual language and set to begin on September 1st.

Pease contact Sheriff Gootkin with any questions.

Brian M. Gootkin

Sheriff Brian M. Gootkin
Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office
615 South 16th
Bozeman, MT  59715


Fax    582-2126

Plane Crash Victim Identifed



(West Yellowstone, Mont) Today Sheriff/Coroner Brian Gootkin identifed the man killed in a small plane crash yesterday as Andrezej (pronounced Andrew) Furmanski, 67 of Citra, Fla. and North Dakota.  The NTSB & FAA are continuing the investgation.

Antique Mall Structure Fire

12:19 am August 13, 2013 – The Rae and Sourdough Fire Departments are currently assigned to a significant commercial structure fire at 1580 Bobcat Drive. The call was received at 9:30PM. First responders encountered heavy fire upon arrival and due to significant safety concerns began to extinguish the fire from the exterior of the building.

Mutual aid assistance is being provided by Amsterdam, Bozeman, Big Sky, Bridger Canyon, Central Valley, Fort Ellis, Gallatin Gateway, Manhattan, Gallatin County Sheriff, Gallatin County Emergency Management, American Medical Response, Montana Highway Patrol, and Northwestern Energy.

A staffing and coverage plan is in place to address any other calls that may occur in the county as many of the resources in the surrounding area are committed to this event.

At this time the cause of the fire is unknown and will be under investigation once the fire is extinguished.

Further updates will be released as conditions change.

Small Plane Crash in West Yellowstone


(West Yellowstone, Mont) 

At approximately 11:30 AM a small passenger plane crashed at the West Yellowstone Airport. Sheriff’s Deputies, the Hebgen Basin Rural Fire Department and Forest Service personnel  responded to the scene. One male is deceased and another male was flown to Idaho Falls and is in critical condition. The Sheriff’s Office will assist the NTSB on the investigation when they arrive on scene.  The identities of the occupants of the aircraft are not availalbe at this time.

Tire Spikes Found in Landmark Subdivision



The Sheriff’s Office has recently received several reports of homemade tire spiking devices found on the roadways in the Landmark Subdivision. On at least two occasions a motorist has run over the spikes resulting in deflated vehicle tires.  If you have any information relating to these spikes or knowledge of who may be responsible for leaving them in the roadways, please contact the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office at 582-2100, ext. 2, or
Crimestoppers at 586-1131.  The photo below is an example of one of the homemade spikes recovered from Landmark. 



Tire spike


Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training


 The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Montana Department of Health and Human Services is currently hosting a statewide Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training. This training focuses on “training the trainer”. Major Sam Cochrane (ret) of the Memphis Police Department and the founder of CIT is conducting the training. We are honored to have Major Cochrane and his team of highly effective trainers here in Montana allowing us the opportunity to share CIT with other communities throughout the state.

  If any news outlet is interested in an interview with Major Cochrane and/or other participants of the training, please arrive at the Gallatin County Detention Center on August 7th, at 0845 hours. Major Cochrane will also be giving a presentation to community members and mental health professionals tonight at 6:30 pm at the Gallatin County Courthouse

 Undersheriff Dan Springer

Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office

615 S. 16th Ave.

Bozeman, MT. 59715

North Dakota Man Rescued after Mountain Bike Crash


(Big Sky, Mont}   On Saturday, August 3rd, 2013, at 8:07 a.m., the 911 Center received a report of a man that was injured in a mountain biking accident on the Porcupine Trail south of Big Sky.

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

The rescue team transported the injured 54-year-old male from the backcountry to an awaiting Big Sky Fire Department ambulance. The patient who was from Bismarck, North Dakota, had suffered a pelvic injury from the mountain biking accident. He was transported to the Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. ######