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Rice Ridge Fire

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Lolo National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Missoula, MT 59804

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Blackfoot-Clearwater Wildlife Management Area Reopens

Rice Ridge Fire Wildfire
News – 9/15/2017

Blackfoot-Clearwater WMA and The Nature Conservancy Lands Reopened

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.

Officials say fire conditions and suppression activities are lessening with the change in weather. Hunters and other recreationists should still pay careful attention to where they drive, relative to road closures and dry grass and stay clear of fire crews and equipment. Drive with caution and do not block gates; many roadways will be busy with demobilizing crews, heavy equipment, and other resources used for firefighting.

Stage II fire restrictions, which prohibit campfires and other activities are still in place around western Montana, as well as some local land, area and road closures.

For up-to-date information on the closures and restrictions on Block Management Areas and FWP lands, visit, or call the FWP office in Missoula at 406-542-5500. For current fire closures and maps that include Forest Service and BLM public lands, visit InciWeb online at