Drought and wildland fires affect Montana's fish, wildlife, and parks. Please check here for news on current conditions and any restrictions in effect to protect Montana's natural resources.
This public website provides wildland fire information in the Northern Rockies. There are active fires in Montana, so please check this Web site for details on the location and status of active fires. Learn more
This list shows or links to all types of restrictions and closures, including fires, on or near FWP lands. Learn more
Common activities and how they are affected by Stage I and Stage II fire restrictions are defined on this page. Learn more
This is a list of current restrictions and closures to Montana waterbodies. Many factors such as drought and fire may lead to a waterbody begin closed for fishing on a temporary basis. Learn more
Montana is a generally arid state. In mid and late summer, some locations may experience drought and be ripe for wildland fires. Before planning your weekend or taking a vacation, you can check here to see if there are any drought- or fire-related restrictions in place on rivers or streams or at FWP Lands (State Parks, Fishing Access Sites, and Wilflife Management Areas).
Wildland fires can destroy hundreds, sometimes thousands, of acres of habitat and displace wildlife. Late season fires may also affect hunting season dates, hunting opportunities and the conditon of winter range for deer, elk and other species. When wildland fires break out, check here for information on how they may be affecting Montana's wildlife.
It is a hunter's responsibility to know and abide by land closures and restrictions. The links below provide some of the information a hunter will need. Information on the use of Block Management lands during this extreme weather are available by calling the nearest FWP Regional Office.
When water levels drop and stream temperatures rise, FWP may restrict fishing to protect the State's sport fisheries. Low water and high temperatures cause fish to seek deep pools, making them more vulnerable to predators, disease, and to anglers. For more information, and to check the conditions on your favorite fishing streams, please use the links below.