Wildland Fire Preparedness

How to reduce the threat of fire to yourself and your property

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Wildland fires are an inherent risk with living in the Big Sky Area.  They are very large events and firefighters can not be expected to address every emergency due to being overwhelmed by requests.  By taking some simple steps, you can reduce the threat to yourself and your property.

  • Be prepared and heed instructions and evacuation notices.  In order to receive accurate and timely information throughout the Big Sky area (in both Gallatin and Madison County), please sign your cell phone number up for the Community Notification System.  Land phone lines are automatically enrolled but since we are a mobile society, cell phone registration is crucial to get notified promptly.
  • The Ready, Set, Go program is the best way to prepare yourself for a community wide emergency.  Please refer to this handout for more information:  Ready Set Go
  • Minimize the threat of fire on your property by reducing the amount of “fuels” that could burn should a wildland fire approach.  For more information, please see the National Fire Protection Assocation’s Firewise handout: Firewise Information

As always, you can contact BSFD for more information at 406-995-2100 or email us here.