In response to dry, warm weather that could increase the danger of human-caused wildfires, under the recommendations of county officials, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks fishing access sites (FASs) and wildlife management areas (WMAs) are now under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Phillips and Hill counties. Phillips county entered Stage 1 Fire Restrictions as of 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 11. Hill county will go into Stage 1 beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 14. In addition, in the Region 6 area, Blaine, Garfield, Richland, Roosevelt, Sheridan and Valley counties remain in Stage 1 restrictions.
County officials in those counties enacted the Stage 1 Restrictions, which ban campfires except where specifically exempted. Landowners and agencies in those counties may or may not exempt specific sites. Stage 1 Restrictions also prohibit smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, and in areas at least three feet in diameter that are cleared of all flammable materials.
Per FWP policy, NO fires will be allowed, even in steel grates, at any FAS or WMA in the above-named counties except for Bear Paw Lake FAS in Hill County and Brush Lake State Park in Sheridan county. To be specific, campfires are prohibited at the following sites:
-Faber FAS, Blaine Co.
-Bailey’s FAS, Hill Co.
-Fresno Tail water FAS, Hill Co.
-Rock Creek FAS, Garfield Co.
-Cole Ponds FAS, Phillips Co.
-Alkali Creek FAS, Phillips Co.
-Culbertson Bridge FAS, Richland Co.
-Snowden Bridge FAS, Richland Co.
-Lewis and Clark FAS (Bridge Park), Roosevelt Co.
-Whitetail Reservoir, Sheridan Co.
-Duck Creek FAS, Valley Co.
-Fort Peck Dredge Cut Pond FAS, Valley Co.
-Glasgow Base Pond FAS, Valley Co.
-School Trust FAS, Valley Co.
Much of this News Release was originally published by the Montana FWP at fwp.mt.gov. For updates on restrictions and closures around the state, go to fwp.mt.gov and under the “news” tab, click on “drought and fire.”