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Fire Suppression Efforts Close Blackfoot River from Wisherd Bridge to Confluence

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Drought & Fire - Region 2

At the request of fire officials, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks closed a seven-mile stretch of the lower Blackfoot River from Wisherd Bridge to the confluence with the Clark Fork today. FWP says the closure is necessary for public safety as aircraft dip water out of the river to fight the West Riverside Fire.

Wisherd Bridge, located one mile downstream of Angevine Fishing Access Site (FAS), remains open only as a take-out point for those boating upstream on the Blackfoot River. There is no access to Marco Flats or Weigh Station FASs, which are both located within the closed section of river.

The emergency closure will remain in place as long as this stretch of river is needed as a source of water for fire suppression efforts. For updates and additional details on fire and drought-related restrictions and closures go to the FWP website home page at fwp.mt.gov and select Restrictions, Closures and Reopenings.