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Beartooth WMA Re-opens to Public

Public Lands Restrictions, Closures & Reopenings

Fri Aug 31 08:24:00 MDT 2012

Fish, Wildlife and Parks has re-opened the Beartooth Wildlife Management Area south of Great Falls after fire fighters extinguished a wildfire there.

A lightening strike Aug. 7 started a fire near the WMA’s entrance that burned approximately 1,450 acres, state wildlife officials said.
The fire burned mostly grass and scattered timber.

While the Beartooth WMA is open to public use, hunters and other recreational users need to be aware that a Stage One fire restriction is in place, meaning no open fires are allowed on the WMA.

Because of continued dry conditions, a forecast of additional weather fronts that may bring more lightning, high winds and high temperatures, FWP urges the public to use caution while recreating.

For details on drought and fire closures and restrictions, go to the FWP website at, then click "Drought & Fire Updates".