By Emily Stifler Explorebigsky.com Managing Editor

BOZEMAN – Officials at a community meeting in Bozeman tonight reported on the state of the 10,000-plus acre Millie Fire, burning south of Bozeman. They also suggested things residents could do to prepare themselves and their homes in case of fire:

Clear brush away from around your home

Check ready.gov for more information on preparing yourself and your home.

Register for emergency phone services

People living in fire-prone areas like Big Sky are encouraged to register their cell phones with Gallatin County Emergency Management, which has a system to used to call you should evacuations become necessary. While land lines are automatically listed, cell phones must be registered to be called. For more information and to register, visit the Emergency Preparedness Notification System website at readygallatin.com – click on ‘Community Services’.

Maintain awareness of the situation

Keep up to date on the news; check inciweb.com, which has updated information on fires across the country; and get on the fire information list serve

Don’t subject yourself to rumors, and stay calm

According to Sheriff Brian Gootkin, there is a detailed plan in place for fire disaster response.

The Big Sky Fire Department will also send out updates and information via Twitter (@BSFD) and Facebook, and Explore Big Sky is being updated constantly both at explorebigsky.com and on Facebook.