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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

News

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.

Recent Drought & Fire News

Updates

Fire restrictions are currently in place. Counties with fire restrictions appear on the map link below. The map is updated as restrictions occur and change.
  • Fire Restrictions Map — This map shows fire restrictions in Montana, by county, soon after they occur.
  • Fire Restrictions Map .
  • FIRE — State Park, FAS, & WMA Restrictions & Closures — Here is a list of the current FIRE restrictions and closures on FWP Sites. If uncertain about current status, please contact Montana State Parks or your local FWP Regional Office.
  • 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.
  • Definitions of Fire Restrictions — Common activities and how they are affected by Stage I and Stage II fire restrictions are defined on this page.
  • InciWeb —This public Web site 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.

Angling restrictions and closures are in effect on some Montana rivers and streams. Fire restrictions also apply at a number of FWP-managed sites.

Montana Fish,Wildlife & Parks continuously monitors drought conditions and how they may be impacting the state's fisheries. To review the 2008 detailed report, see the link below.

There are currently no drought-related angling or fire restrictions in the state of Montana.

FWP Restrictions and Closures

Fire

Because there are a number of larger fires burning in Montana, it is important to know where the fires are and what you can and can not do in an area where fire restrictions are in place.

Hunting Under Drought Conditions

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.

The Effects of Drought on FWP Lands

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 State Parks and Fishing Access Sites. You can also learn what you can do to help prevent wildland fires.

Angling Under Drought Conditions

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.

Drought Management Plans

The Effects of Drought on Wildlife

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.

Regional Drought Reports

Montana Fish,Wildlife & Parks continuously monitors drought conditions and how they may be impacting the state's fisheries. To review these detailed reports throughout the fishing season, please check the links below.