• Division of Fire

Welcome to the DIVISION OF FIRE MANAGEMENT, a division of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes' Tribal Forestry Department. 

The Division of Fires mission is to enhance the quality of life, promote economic opportunity and to carry out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of the Confederated Salish, Kootenai and Pend d ’Oreille Tribes of the Flathead Indian Reservation. We will accomplish this through the delivery of quality Wildland Fire Management services and by maintaining government to government relationships within the spirit of self-determination.

NOTICE:   Stage 2 Fire Restrictions on the Flathead Indian Reservation. 

Pursuant to authority established in 25 CFR 163.28, the Hell Gate Treaty, the CS&KT Tribal Constitution, and the Tribal Forest Products Harvesting Ordinance 61 C; the following acts are prohibited on all Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe, tribe trust and tribal fee lands within the exterior boundaries of the Flathead Indian Reservation. The restrictions will become effective at 0001 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time on Thursday July 27, 2017.The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a campfire.
  2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped  in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials. 
  3. The following acts are prohibited from 1:00 pm to 1:00 am
    a.       Operating any internal combustion engine.
    b.      Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
    c.       Using an explosive A patrol is required for two hours following cessation of all work as described above.
  4. Operating motorized vehicles off designed roads and trails

Stage 2 Exemptions

  1. Persons with written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.
  2. Persons using a fire fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG that can be turned on and off. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3 feet of the device
  3. Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.
  4. Any Federal, State, or local officer, member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
  5. Other exemptions unique to each agency/tribe (i.e cultural fires, tanning, sweats and etc.)
  6. All within a city boundary is exempted

An exemption does not absolve an individual or organization from liability or responsibility for any fire started by exempted activity.

Dated this 25th of July at Pablo, MT. 


The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes' Division of Fire require burn Permits on the Flathead Reservation during the months of May and June only. Burn Permits are free and can be issued through this website and are valid from the day it is issued until June 30th.

Once you have obtained your burn permit please do the following before burning:

Please call Air Quality at 1-800-225-6779 each day you intend to burn.

Please call Your Local Dispatch ONLY if you live in Sanders County at 406-827-3584, Option 3


If you have additional questions please give us a call at CSKT Division of Fire - 406-676-2550

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