Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has closed Lake Frances near Valier in Pondera County for public safety while crews use the lake water to fight several fires on the Rocky Mountain Front.
The wildfires burning in the area are the Scalp, Strawberry and Crucifixion fires.
The closure applies to all recreation, such as boating, swimming, wading and fishing, so that aircraft crews can safely operate as they dip water from the lake.
The closure will be in place until fire crews no longer need to use the lake for suppression efforts. For up-to-date information on the closure and restrictions related to drought and fire, visit fwp.mt.gov/news/restrictions/ or call the FWP office in Great Falls at 406-454-5840.