Northern Region Fire History Map

Fire plays a natural role in the Kootenai National Forest and NW Montana ecosystem. It promotes vegetative and wildlife diversity and eliminates heavy fuel accumulations that can lead to catastrophic wildfire if not removed. Natural fires occur about every 5-25 years and they tend to be low intensity, ground fires that remove woody shrubs. The ponderosa pine, a common tree of the area, is well-adapted to fire. It relies on low intensity fires to burn litter and release soil nutrients, providing a good seedbed for ponderosa pine seeds. Explore our new interactive fire history map for the Northern Region to see how fire has burned across the landscape in the past decades.

Note: This map covers Forest Service lands in the Northern Region.

Northern Region Fire History Viewer App

Click here to open app in the mobile-friendly ESRI environment | How to use the Fire History Map


How to use the app tools to navigate and use the fire history map

Click map to enlarge instructions or scroll down for written explanations.

Graphic display of interactive map viewer help text below this graphic.

ESRI Online Maps allow the user to control certain settings to enhance their experience. Use the following options to customize your viewing of this fire history map:

Basemap Gallery

Changes the background map. Choose between multiple topographic maps, satellite imagery, and more.

Measurement Tool

Use this tool to measure area or distance on the map, customized by the units of measurement you choose.


Add your own markups to the map. These markups will only be seen by you and will disappear after you close the map.


Export the current map view to a PDF or other format for printing. Use the layout dropdown to select printable sizes. Letter - 8.5x11"/Tabloid - 11x17"

Map Legend

Toggle the legend on and off to see the symbology used on the map and what it means.


This allows you to turn individual layers on and off, set the visibility range, change their transparency, and more.


Setting a bookmark will save your current view of the map, allowing you to quickly return to it after navigating away.

Add Data

You can add additional data to the map from ArcGIS Online using the Add Data button. Use the Search tool to find layers.

Latitude and Longitude

The latitude and longitude of your cursor location on the map is displayed in decimal degrees near the bottom left of the map box. Use the button on the left of the coordinate display to switch between continuous (coordinates change as you move your mouse) and locked (coordinates appear when you click on a location).