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Drought & Fire Updates

Larb Creek Fire, 2006.
Smoke and ash from a large fire at Canyon Ferry
Smoke billowing over mountains in Region Three
Fiery red sunset over the Gallatin Valley


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

Restrictions and Closures of FWP Lands

This list shows or links to all types of restrictions and closures, including fires, on or near FWP lands. Learn more

Definitions of Fire Restrictions

Common activities and how they are affected by Stage I and Stage II fire restrictions are defined on this page. Learn more

Fishing & Waterbody Restrictions, Closures & Reopenings

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


Drought plays a role in much of our outdoor activities including fishing, hunting, and other recreational activities and it affects our fish and wildlife resources. During drought season the fire danger rises and some of our FWP resources may be closed or restricted. Learn about how FWP manages its resources as well as how and where you can safely recreate during drought season. Learn more