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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


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 FWP Lands (State Parks, Fishing Access Sites, and Wilflife Management Areas).

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.

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.

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