Mitigation Plan Update


This page is for historical reference.  This community planning process is complete.

Community Engagement Site

Gallatin County and the cities of Belgrade, Bozeman, Manhattan, Three Forks and West Yellowstone are updating the Hazard Mitigation Plan and Community Wildfire Protection Plan beginning July 1, 2017.  Both of these documents are critical that we successfully collaborate with our community during their development.  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, 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 community, 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.

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 that 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 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.

2012 Hazard Summary

Gallatin County Risk Analysis

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Orientation Meetings

The first round of community meetings will be in fall of 2017.  Details will be listed here once they are setup.

Community Date &Time Location More Info
Belgrade Tuesday, October 17
2:00 pm
Central Valley Fire District
205 East Main, Belgrade
Bozeman Tuesday, October 24
7:00 pm
Bozeman Fire Station 3
1705 Vaquero, Bozeman
Manhattan & Amsterdam Tuesday, October 17
11:00 am
Gallatin Conservation District
120 North 5th, Manhattan
Three Forks, Willow Creek & Clarkston Tuesday, October 17
9:00 am
Three Forks Fire Station

13 East Date, Three Forks

West Yellowstone Thursday, October 12
9:30 am
West Yellowstone City Hall
440 Yellowstone, West Yellowstone
Big Sky Thursday, October 12
1:30 pm
Big Sky Water and Sewer
561 Little Coyote Rd, Big Sky
Gallatin Gateway Thursday, October 12
4:00 pm
Gallatin Gateway Fire Station
320 Webb, Gallatin Gateway

Community Date & Time Location More Info
Belgrade February 9, 2018
Central Valley Fire District
Training Center
205 East Main, Belgrade
Bozeman February 7, 2018
Gallatin County Coordination Center
219 East Tamarack, Bozeman
 Available Virtually here
Three Forks February 6, 2018
Three Forks Ambulance Station
2 East Hickory, Three Forks
West Yellowstone February 8, 2018
West Yellowstone City Hall
440 Yellowstone Avenue, West Yellowstone
Big Sky February 8, 2018
Big Sky Water and Sewer
561 Little Coyote, Big Sky

Work Session Handouts

Hazard-Risk Summary & Implementation Plan From 2012 HMP (Handout #3)32 KB
Hazard Ranking Exercise (Handout #2)84 KB
Hazard Identification Exercise (Handout #1)92 KB
Gallatin HMP Update Haz ID & RA Mtgs Feb 20180.7 MB
Hazard Prioritization Districts4.7 MB

Draft Hazard Ranking

The following hazard scoring is a draft compiled during the 5 February work sessions.  These rankings will likely be adjusted to account for category & scoring differences between the different meetings in order to make a combined county wide ranking of risks.

Copy Of Gallatin CO HMP Sign In0.1 MB

Final Review Session

Final Review Session:

January 22, 2018
1:00 PM
Gallatin County Coordination Center
219 East Tamarack
Bozeman, MT
Virtually at: Please contact Emergency Management for login information

Wildland Urban Interface Modelling Webinar:

November 27, 2018
1:00 PM
Please contact Emergency Management for login information

Draft Products

Wildfire Mapping

The images of the draft wildfire models below link to online interactive maps of the products.  Select either the WUI Modeling or Wildfire Risk to view them.

Draft Wildland Urban Interface Modeling

Draft Wildfire Risk Modeling


Community Wildfire Protection Plan

2006 Wildland Urban Interface Boundary


Mike Rotar, Project Manager
Gallatin County
Patrick Lonergan