BOZEMAN – Montana’s wildfire season has already started in some parts of the state, and fire departments and emergency managers urging you to get ready this spring.“It doesn’t matter where you live, your house could be exposed to fire,” Gallatin County Emergency Manager Patrick Lonergan said. “You could live out in the woods or in a subdivision. A wildfire could threaten your home.” May is Wildfire Awareness Month in Montana, and the Governor’s Office as well as fire personnel around the state are working to raise awareness about wildland fire safety, community preparedness and fire prevention. “Everybody’s going to have to work together,” Craig Campbell of the Trust Land & Forestry said about w
On Saturday, April 11, 2015 four skiers entered the Hanging Garden Couloir on Beehive Peak north of Big Sky, Montana in the northern Madison Range. One skier triggered and was caught in a very small avalanche that carried him over cliffs about 300 feet tall. He was not buried in the avalanche debris but died of trauma. The avalanche happened at 11:58 a.m. at 10,400 feet and was 10-20 feet wide and one foot deep for about 6 feet of its width. The victim was carried approximately 700 vertical feet. The avalanche danger was rated LOW on the day of the accident. U.S. classification of the avalanche is SS-AS-R1-D1.