2024 Hazard Mitigation & Community Wildfire Protection Plan Update



Community Engagement Site

Gallatin County and the communities of Belgrade, Big Sky, Bozeman, Manhattan, Three Forks and West Yellowstone are updating our 2020 Hazard Mitigation and Community Wildfire Protection Plan beginning in 2024.  This page is intended to provide a one stop shop for information about this process.


The Hazard Mitigation Act of 2000 created the authority for a risk based approach towards reducing hazards.  The Act also requires states, counties and cities to have a FEMA approved mitigation plan (every 5 years) in order to be eligible for non-emergency federal assistance.  There are several programs that this applies to, but generally these are the programs that address repetitive loss issues, wildfire projects, building retrofits, waterway projects to address flooding, emergency power and many more.  These programs are often available to jurisdictions on an annual basis and following presidential declared incidents.

During the planning process the participants will identify the hazards present in our communities, provide those identified hazards a relative ranking and identify potential projects that can minimize the impact of the identified hazards.  Identifying projects doesn’t automatically mean they will be conducted, but rather identifies them as potential options.  Federal mitigation funding can only be utilized for identified projects, so we want to be thorough.

Community Wildfire Protection Plans are similar while focusing of wildfire risk and how it can be mitigated.  They were created by the Healthy Forest Restoration Act in 2003 and largely focuses on reducing catastrophic wildfires.  Because of the similarities, we intent to combine the two plans into a single document during this revision.  An important component that will come out of the CWPP portion is an update to our wildland urban interface boundary.  This boundary has impacts on the land owners in it and the adjacent land management agencies.

2020 Hazard Summaries

How You Can Participate

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Hazard Vulnerability Identification and Ranking

The first round of community meetings will be in fall of 2024.  Details will be listed here once they are setup.

Community Date &Time Location More Info
Belgrade Tuesday, October 8, 2024
Belgrade City Hall
Bozeman Wednesday, October 9, 2024
Gallatin County Coordination Center
Manhattan & Amsterdam Wednesday, October 16, 2024
Manhattan City Hall
Three Forks, Willow Creek & Clarkston Thursday, October 10, 2024
Three Forks Fire Station

13 East Date, Three Forks

West Yellowstone Monday, October 7, 2024
West Yellowstone City Hall
440 Yellowstone, West Yellowstone
Big Sky Tuesdaym, October 15, 2024 Big Sky Fire Station 1

Community Date & Time Location More Info

Work Session Handouts


Draft Hazard Ranking


Final Review Session

Final Review Session:


Wildland Urban Interface Modelling Webinar:


Draft Products

Final Draft Combined Documents


Wildfire Mapping





Hazard Mitigation & Community Wildfire Protection Plan



Contact Information

Gallatin County
Patrick Lonergan