Fire - Gallatin National Forest Fire Management

Fire management on the Gallatin National Forest is split into East and West Fire Management Zones. Each zone is supported by a Fire Management Officer, two Assistant Fire Management Officers; one for Operations and another for Fuels Management. Both zones are responsible for fire suppression, hazardous fuels management and public education programs on the Gallatin NF. The West Zone has several fire engines based at the Bozeman Ranger District, Hebgen Lake Ranger District and the Shenango Work Center in the Gallatin Canyon. On the East Zone, fire crews work out of the Livingston, Big Timber and Gardiner Ranger Districts. Along with the zone fire crews, the Gallatin National Forest hosts two aerially delivered firefighter programs, the Gallatin Rappel Crew and the West Yellowstone Smokejumpers.

East Zone Fire Management
Big Timber Ranger District
Livingston Ranger District
Gardiner Ranger District

West Zone Fire Management
Bozeman Ranger District
Hebgen Lake Ranger District

Gallatin Rappel Crew
The Gallatin Rappel Crew is a helicopter rappel crew hosted by the Gallatin National Forest, the crew uses helicopters to deliver firefighters quickly to wildfires. Based at the Shenango Helibase in the scenic Gallatin River Canyon they are equipped to staff and support fires as well as other all-risk incidents.

West Yellowstone Smokejumpers
The West Yellowstone Smokejumper Base is one of nine permanent smokejumper bases located throughout the western United States. Smokejumpers are members of a community of wildland firefighters whose job is to suppress fires in remote sections of our nation's forests. They are trained to jump out of airplanes in order to fulfill their primary mission, performing initial attack on new wildfires.



Training and Courses
South Central Montana Zone





Bozeman Interagency Dispatch Center

Located in the Gallatin National Forest Supervisor's Office in Bozeman, the Bozeman Interagency Dispatch Center (BZC) coordinates suppression activities for the forest. In addition the dispatch center provides services for Yellowstone National Park, Montana Department of Natural Resources and several counties including Gallatin, Park, Sweet Grass, Meagher, and Madison counties.

Bozeman Interagency Dispatch Center

(406) 624-3830

3710 Fallon St., Suite C

Bozeman, MT  59718


West Yellowstone Interagency Fire Center



The Gallatin National Forest manages a US Department of Agriculture and US Department of Interior interagency smokejumper and fire retardant base. The air tanker base can accommodate heavy air tankers. The speed, range and carrying capacity of heavy air tankers make them very effective tools for assisting firefighters on the ground.

West Yellowstone Interagency Fire Center

(406) 646-7691

P.O. Box 610
West Yellowstone, MT 59758






Fire Information Hotline
(406) 522-2534