The Kootenai National Forest is located in the northwestern part of Montana.
Where is this Forest?

National Forest Signboard stating Entering Kootenai National Forest

Welcome to the
Kootenai National Forest

The Kootenai National Forest is located in the Northwest corner of Montana and the Northeast corner of Idaho on the Canadian border. Providing abundant recreation and a wealth of natural resources, the Kootenai is a perfect place to relax and enjoy your National Forests!

2015 Fire Information


Smokey Bear fire danger sign showing extreme level

Fire Restrictions

Stage II Fire Restrictions are in effect as of 0001 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time on Thursday, August 20, 2015 and will remain in effect until rescinded.

General Information

Upcoming Public Meetings

  • Goat Rock Complex - Cabinet Mountains Wilderness fires, including Klatawa (Granite), Berray, Poplar Point, Chippewa, and Vimy
    • A public meeting will be held Saturday night, August 29 at the Libby Senior High School, 150 Education Way, Libby, MT 59923 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Northeast Kootenai Complex - Eureka area fires, including the Marston, Sunday, and Barnaby fires:
    • A community meeting will be held Sunday evening, August 30, at 7:00 p.m. at the Trego Civic Center.

Wildfire Information

The following information is categorized by the large complex fires on the Kootenai.  Information is from the InciWeb website.

Small thumbnail of Kootenai NF showing location of the three fire complexes.
Large Complex Fires Generalized Location (not fire perimeters) Map

Northeast Kootenai Complex

Includes the Eureka area fires, including the Marston, Sunday, and Barnaby fires.

Clark Fork Complex

Includes the Bull River area fires, including Sawtooth, Hamilton, Napoleon, Star Gulch, and Government fires.

Goat Rock Complex

Includes the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness fires, including Klatawa, Berray, Poplar Point, Chippewa, and Vimy.

Other Fire Information Websites


2015 Forest Plan

Faye Krueger, Regional Forester for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service’s Northern Region, has signed the Record of Decision for the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Kootenai National Forests’ revised Forest Plan.

The Record of Decision, 2015 Forest Plan, and Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) are available on the Land and Resource Management – Planning page.

Food Storage Requirements on the Kootenai National Forest

Animal resistant food container

A food storage order signed on June 3, 2011 requires food storage and garbage practice across the Forest to reduce the potential for human-wildlife encounters.