Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks :: Drought News (RSS) http://fwp.mt.gov/news/rss/drought/default.html Most recent 25 news releases en en Fire Activity Closes Alberton Gorge Section of Clark Fork River http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0166.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will close the Alberton Gorge section of the Clark Fork River beginning Monday, Aug. 31 between Cyr and Tarkio Fishing Access Sites due to fire activity. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:56:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0166.html 2015-08-31T15:56:00Z Wildlife Management Area Reopens http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0164.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has reopened the Yellowstone River Wildlife Management Area west of Pompey’s Pillar to the public as the recent Lambert wildfire has been contained. Fire fighters from the Montana DNRC and Worden Fire Department successfully contained and extinguished this fire with the help of a good rain at this site on the night of August 21st. Mon, 24 Aug 2015 21:04:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0164.html Bob Gibson 2015-08-24T21:04:00Z Murphy Lake Closed to Boating due to Fire Suppression Activities http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0165.html Murphy Lake in its entirety, south of Eureka, in Lincoln County, is being closed to all boating, motorized and non-motorized and all recreation until further notice. The closure is necessary to protect the safety of public and Chinook helicopter pilots while dipping to collect water to fight wild fires on Mount Marston and Mount Barnaby Mon, 24 Aug 2015 20:51:55 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0165.html 2015-08-24T20:51:55Z Yellowstone River Wildlife Management Area closed for firefighting activity http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0162.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has closed the Yellowstone River Wildlife Management Area west of Pompeys Pillar to the public at least through the weekend because of firefighting activity. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 14:56:39 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0162.html 2015-08-21T14:56:39Z Hoot Owl Restriction Removed on Section of Big Hole http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0163.html After consistent readings of lower water temperatures, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has lifted the “Hoot Owl” restriction on the Big Hole River prohibiting fishing from 2 p.m. to midnight on the stretch of river running from Maiden Rock Fishing Access Site to Notch Bottom Fishing Access Site. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 20:46:11 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0163.html Andrea Jones 2015-08-20T20:46:11Z Fishing Restrictions to be Lifted Wednesday for Bitterroot, Blackfoot Main Stem and Clark Fork Below Rock Creek http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0161.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is lifting fishing restrictions beginning Wednesday, Aug. 19 on the Bitterroot, the entire main stem of the Blackfoot, and the Clark Fork, downstream of the Rock Creek confluence. Tue, 18 Aug 2015 21:25:10 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0161.html 2015-08-18T21:25:10Z Stretches of Big Hole Closed to All Fishing Starting Wednesday http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0160.html With water levels dropping to critical levels, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has moved to close two stretches of the Big Hole River effective Wednesday. Tue, 18 Aug 2015 18:20:04 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0160.html Andrea Jones 2015-08-18T18:20:04Z Campfires Restricted in Treasure Co. Fishing Access Sites http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0159.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has prohibited campfires, most smoking and most open flames in fishing access sites in Treasure County because of wildfire danger. Thu, 13 Aug 2015 15:06:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0159.html 2015-08-13T15:06:00Z Campfires restricted in south central Montana fishing access sites http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0158.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has prohibited campfires, most smoking and most open flames in fishing access sites in three south central Montana counties because of wildfire danger. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 22:29:14 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0158.html 2015-08-10T22:29:14Z Restrictions Reinstituted on Jefferson & Portions of the Big Hole http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0157.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has reinstituted “hoot owl” angling restrictions on the entire Jefferson River and portions of the Big Hole River effective Tuesday Tue, 04 Aug 2015 16:15:36 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0157.html Andrea Jones 2015-08-04T16:15:36Z Angling Restrictions Lifted on Beaverhead, Big Hole & Jefferson http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0156.html Longer nights, cooler air temperatures and some much needed rain have brought down the water temperature of several southwest Montana river systems. Therefore, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has lifted the angling restrictions on the Beaverhead, Big Hole, and Jefferson rivers effective Thursday. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:14:41 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0156.html Andrea Jones 2015-07-30T15:14:41Z Fishing Restrictions Begin for Some Blackfoot Tributaries on Thursday http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0155.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) will close fishing between the hours of 2 p.m. and midnight on some tributaries in the Blackfoot drainage beginning Thursday, July 30. Wed, 29 Jul 2015 22:02:06 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0155.html 2015-07-29T22:02:06Z Stimson Lumber Company Lands Closed to the Public due to Dry Conditions http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0153.html Due to high fire danger, Stimson has decided to close their fee lands, including those covered by the Kootenai Lands Conservation Easement in Troy, to the general public until more favorable conditions return to warrant reopening. Stimpson has posted signs at prominent locations around the property and in local establishments around Troy. The closure goes into effect immediately. Contact FWP Game Warden Phil Kilbreath (291-6539) in Troy for more information. Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:09:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0153.html 2015-07-21T16:09:00Z FWP to Lift Some Fishing Restrictions on Big Hole River http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0152.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is alerting the public that angling restrictions will be removed on the Upper Big Hole River on July 18, 2015 as a result of cooler weather patterns. Restrictions may be reinstituted if weather warms and water temperatures rise in the coming weeks. Mon, 20 Jul 2015 14:21:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0152.html 2015-07-20T14:21:00Z FWP Continues Monitoring Effort To Help Trout Beat The Heat http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0154.html As Montana creeps into the dog days of summer, state fisheries managers continue to monitor wild and native trout streams that have endured nearly two months of stressful low and warm water conditions. Fri, 17 Jul 2015 19:14:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0154.html 2015-07-17T19:14:00Z Fire Restrictions Take Effect on FWP properties in Blaine, Hill Counties http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0150.html In response to dry, warm weather that could increase the danger of human-caused wildfires, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks fishing access sites (FASs) and wildlife management areas (WMAs) are under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Blaine and Hill counties. Fri, 10 Jul 2015 14:04:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0150.html 2015-07-10T14:04:00Z Additional SW Montana Angling Restrictions Effective Friday (7/10) http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0151.html In addition to last week’s “hoot owl” closures on the Jefferson and Big Hole rivers, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will also impose “hoot owl” restrictions on a number of southwest Montana rivers as a result of the continued high water temperatures. Thu, 09 Jul 2015 22:44:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0151.html Andrea Jones 2015-07-09T22:44:00Z Fire Restrictions at FWP Properties in Madison & Jefferson Counties http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0149.html Due to the high level of fire danger, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ properties in Madison and Jefferson Counties will go to Stage 1 fire restrictions on Thursday, July 9. The restrictions apply specifically to FWP Fishing Access Sites, Wildlife Management Areas, and State Parks. Wed, 08 Jul 2015 21:36:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0149.html Andrea Jones 2015-07-08T21:36:00Z Alert: Angling Restrictions on Big Hole & Jefferson Effective Friday, July 3 http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0148.html Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is alerting the public to angling restrictions on the Big Hole and Jefferson Rivers effective Friday, July 3 as a result of high water temperatures. Restrictions on other southwest Montana rivers are likely in the near future. Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:17:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0148.html Andrea Jones 2015-07-02T17:17:00Z Warm Water Prompts "Hoot-Owl" Fishing Restrictions On Blackfoot, Bitterroot and Clark Fork Rivers plus Flint and Silver Bow Creek http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0147.html Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks is advising anglers on the Bitterroot, Blackfoot, and Clark Fork Rivers, and Flint and Silver Bow Creeks that all fishing will close daily from 2 p.m. to midnight until conditions improve. Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:09:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0147.html 2015-07-02T15:09:00Z Summer Forecast Has FWP Keeping Close Watch On Streams http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0146.html With higher than normal temperatures forecast this summer–and snowpack runoff depleted a month ahead of schedule–Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is gearing up now to protect fish from the life-threatening stress of low flows and elevated water temperatures. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 19:24:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0146.html 2015-06-24T19:24:00Z FWP lifts fire restrictions at fishing access sites in Stillwater, Big Horn counties http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0144.html Montana FWP has rescinded campfire restrictions at its fishing access sites in Big Horn and Stillwater counties. Tue, 09 Sep 2014 15:51:12 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0144.html 2014-09-09T15:51:12Z Fire restrictions lifted at Carbon County fishing access sites http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0143.html Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has rescinded restrictions on campfires and smoking at its fishing access sites in Carbon County. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:06:03 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0143.html 2014-08-28T21:06:03Z Fishing Restrictions Lifted on Dearborn, Smith and Sun Rivers http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0142.html Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks has lifted fishing restrictions on three central Montana rivers in the wake of recent rains and cooler weather. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:32:00 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0142.html 2014-08-28T20:32:00Z Fire restrictions lifted at Yellowstone County fishing access sites http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0141.html — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has rescinded restrictions on campfires and smoking at its fishing access sites in Yellowstone County. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:26:21 GMT http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/drought/nr_0141.html 2014-08-25T20:26:21Z