Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks :: Drought News (RSS) http://fwp.mt.gov/news/rss/drought/default.html Most recent 25 news releases en en Seeley Lake Waters Reopened to all Recreation http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0241.html Seeley Lake waters are open again to boating and other recreation. The lake has been under a temporary emergency closure while aircraft used most of the lake to draw water to fight the Rice Ridge Fire. Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:21:24 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0241.html 2017-09-18T15:21:24Z Fishing restrictions lifted on Madison River http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0240.html (HELENA, Mont.)—Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will lift the hoot owl restrictions on the lower Madison River from Ennis Dam to the mouth effective Friday. With cooler water temperatures, this section has met criteria for reopening. Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:58:22 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0240.html 2017-09-15T18:58:22Z Lake Frances Reopened to All Recreation http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0239.html Lake Frances next to the town of Valier in Pondera County was reopened 12:01 a.m., Sept. 15, to all public recreation. Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:24:41 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0239.html Bruce Auchly 2017-09-15T18:24:41Z Blackfoot-Clearwater WMA and The Nature Conservancy Lands Reopened http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0238.html The Blackfoot-Clearwater Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and all of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) lands in western Montana are now open for public use. The lands had been closed due to extreme fire conditions and nearby fire activity and evacuations. Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:52:50 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0238.html 2017-09-15T17:52:50Z Campfires now banned at Makoshika State Park http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0237.html Dawson County Commissioners have decided to ban all campfires in the county due to continuing drought and fire danger, so Fish, Wildlife & Parks will follow suit and ban campfires at Makoshika State Park effective immediately. Tue, 12 Sep 2017 18:47:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0237.html Marla Prell 2017-09-12T18:47:00Z Fire Suppression Forces Closure of Lake Frances http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0236.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) has closed Lake Frances by Valier in Pondera County for public safety while crews use the lake water to fight several fires on the Rocky Mountain Front. Tue, 12 Sep 2017 18:24:56 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0236.html Bruce Auchly 2017-09-12T18:24:56Z LAKE FRANCES CLOSED TO ALL RECREATION TO AID IN FIRE SUPPRESSION http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0235.html (HELENA, Mont.)—Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is temporarily closing Lake Frances in Pondera County, effective immediately, so that lake water can safely be used to help fight nearby wildfires. Tue, 12 Sep 2017 18:17:58 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0235.html 2017-09-12T18:17:58Z Fire Suppression Forces Another Closure of Seeley Lake Waters http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0234.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) closed all of Seeley Lake waters again for public safety while crews use the lake water to fight the Rice Ridge Fire. Mon, 11 Sep 2017 19:59:44 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0234.html 2017-09-11T19:59:44Z With low flows, another section of Big Hole River to close to all fishing http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0233.html (HELENA, Mont.)—The Big Hole River from Saginaw Bridge on Skinner Meadows Road to the mouth of the North Fork of the Big Hole River (Section I) will close entirely to fishing effective Friday, Sept.8. Fishing will be prohibited all day every day (this section had previously been under hoot owl restrictions). Thu, 07 Sep 2017 22:46:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0233.html 2017-09-07T22:46:00Z Seeley Lake Waters Reopened to all Recreation http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0232.html Seeley Lake waters are open again to boating and other recreation, effective at noon on September 6, 2017. The lake has been under a temporary emergency closure while aircraft used most of the lake to draw water to fight the Rice Ridge Fire. Wed, 06 Sep 2017 21:01:48 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0232.html 2017-09-06T21:01:48Z Section of Lower Big Hole Hits Trigger For Full Fishing Closure http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0231.html (HELENA, Mont.)—An 18-mile stretch of the Big Hole River will close entirely to fishing effective Thursday. Fishing will be prohibited all day every day from the Notch Bottom Fishing Access Site to the river’s confluence with the Beaverhead River (this section had previously been under hoot owl restrictions). Wed, 06 Sep 2017 19:35:14 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0231.html 2017-09-06T19:35:14Z The Nature Conservancy Lands in Western Montana Closed to all Recreation http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0230.html Due to extreme fire conditions, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) lands in western Montana are temporarily closed to all public access until conditions improve. Wed, 06 Sep 2017 15:12:12 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0230.html 2017-09-06T15:12:12Z Weyerhaeuser Closes Lands in Western Montana to all Public Access Due to Extreme Forest Fire Danger http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0229.html COLUMBIA FALLS, Mont. (September 5, 2017) – Weyerhaeuser Company today announced effective immediately that all its lands in Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, Missoula, Sanders and Ravalli counties in western Montana are closed to public access due to the extreme forest fire danger. The closure will remain in effect until further notice. Tue, 05 Sep 2017 20:52:04 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0229.html 2017-09-05T20:52:04Z FWP tightens fire restrictions in Stillwater County http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0228.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ ban campfires and restrictions on smoking and other activities at its properties in Stillwater County will get stricter starting Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, because of wildfire danger. Tue, 05 Sep 2017 19:12:06 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0228.html 2017-09-05T19:12:06Z New and amended fire restrictions in southwest Montana; Park County goes to Stage 1, exemptions removed for Bannack & L&C Caverns http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0227.html BOZEMAN, Mont.)— Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ properties in Park County have moved to Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. This includes Fishing Access Sites, State Parks, and Wildlife Management areas. Tue, 05 Sep 2017 17:40:11 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0227.html 2017-09-05T17:40:11Z HUNTERS BE CAREFUL! http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0226.html People are asking about how the dry conditions and fire danger will affect hunting seasons. FWP is not recommending that the Fish and Wildlife Commission close hunting seasons. Fri, 01 Sep 2017 20:09:39 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0226.html 2017-09-01T20:09:39Z FWP PROPERTIES IN GALLATIN COUNTY MOVE TO STAGE I RESTRICTIONS SATURDAY http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0225.html (BOZEMAN, Mont.)—Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ properties in Gallatin County are set to enter Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Saturday. This includes Fishing Access Sites, State Parks, and Wildlife Management areas. Fri, 01 Sep 2017 17:25:37 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0225.html 2017-09-01T17:25:37Z FWP tightens fire restrictions in Carbon County, Cooney State Park http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0224.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ ban on campfires and restrictions on smoking and other activities at its properties in Carbon County will get stricter starting Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, because of wildfire danger. The added restrictions will not go into effect until after the long Labor Day holiday weekend. Fri, 01 Sep 2017 16:01:41 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0224.html 2017-09-01T16:01:41Z Most of Blackfoot-Clearwater WMA Closed Due to Fire Conditions http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0223.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) issued a temporary closure today for most of the Blackfoot-Clearwater Wildlife Management Area (WMA), due to extreme fire conditions and the surrounding pre-evacuation notices related to the Rice Ridge Fire. Thu, 31 Aug 2017 18:27:59 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0223.html 2017-08-31T18:27:59Z Be aware of fire danger as hunting seasons open http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0222.html The wait is nearly over, as upland game bird hunters will be back in action on Sept. 1, and archery seasons for deer, elk and antelope open Sept. 2. But as hunters prepare to head into the field, the threat of wildfires should factor heavily into their planning. Tue, 29 Aug 2017 19:37:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0222.html Marla Prell 2017-08-29T19:37:00Z Re-Closure of Seeley Lake Waters for Fire Suppression Efforts http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0221.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is re-closing all of Seeley Lake waters, effective immediately, for public safety while crews use the lake water to fight the Rice Ridge Fire. Mon, 28 Aug 2017 22:53:11 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0221.html 2017-08-28T22:53:11Z ALERT: Angling restrictions lifted on Jefferson, East Gallatin and Gallatin Rivers http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0220.html (Bozeman)—Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is alerting the public that the angling restrictions on the Jefferson, East Gallatin and Gallatin rivers; effective Tuesday August 29th at 2:00 pm due to improved stream temperatures. Mon, 28 Aug 2017 19:10:14 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0220.html 2017-08-28T19:10:14Z Fishing restrictions lifted around Missoula http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0219.html Fishing restrictions on Silver Bow Creek, the upper Clark Fork and the lower Bitterroot Rivers have all been lifted. Tue, 22 Aug 2017 22:54:55 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0219.html 2017-08-22T22:54:55Z Big Horn County backs off of severe fire restrictions http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0218.html BILLINGS — Campfires once again will be allowed at Tongue River Reservoir State Park campgrounds after Big Horn County commissioners backed away from severe fire restrictions. Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:22:37 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0218.html 2017-08-15T14:22:37Z Big Horn County backs off of severe fire restrictions http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0217.html Campfires once again will be allowed at Tongue River Reservoir State Park campgrounds after Big Horn County commissioners backed away from severe fire restrictions. Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:04:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0217.html 2017-08-15T14:04:00Z