To protect both our personnel and the public, access to the District's fire stations remains limited. Members of the public or other official agencies may enter a station to conduct necessary business and attend meetings. However, no station tours, public education activities, etc. are allowed. Please contact our Administrative Offices at 208/772-5711 prior to visiting as we may be able to help you over the phone.

We will continue to evaluate the situation every 30 days and any updates will be passed along through this website and our Facebook page. Please rest assured that Northern Lakes Fire is ready, able, and appropriately staffed to respond to any call we receive.

Always call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency


Fire Danger is Low

Burning is Open  

Burn permits are being issued for all open burning including residential yard waste, burn barrels, and slash piles.

Recreational fires, cooking fires, and small camping fires not exceeding 3 feet in diameter and consisting of "clean" wood are allowed and do NOT

require a permit.  

A no-cost 10 day burn permit can be obtained from the Idaho Dept. of Lands at 

(See Instructions Below)

You must call the Air Quality Hotline at 800-633-6247 (select Option #3 for Kootenai County) or visit 

for conditions prior to burning.

If air quality is Green, burning is allowed. If air quality is Yellow, a voluntary burn ban is in effect. If air quality is Red, burning is not allowed in the District.

 A copy of your burn permit and the District's burning regulations must be

on hand while burning.


Provides an all-hazards response to the greater Hayden, Rathdrum, and Twin Lakes areas in Kootenai County, located in gorgeous North Idaho. We are a career department, comprised of thirty-six firefighters, three Chief Officers, a Fire Marshal and Deputy Fire Marshal, a Fleet Mechanic, and three administrative support staff. In addition, all of our firefighters are also certified EMTs, including fifteen paramedics.

Northern Lakes Fire staffs two fire engines and two advanced life support (ALS) ambulances with career staff that respond to more than 5,000 emergency calls annually from two strategically located fire stations. These stations are staffed 24/7/365. Our district is comprised of approximately 108 square miles of lakes, mountains, prairies and growing cities with a population of more than 63,000 residents. 

Please enjoy our website for your informational needs!

The next regularly board meeting will be held Thursday, May 27th

10:00 a.m. at Fire Station 1,

125 W. Hayden Ave., in Hayden 



A special meeting will be held on Thursday, May 20th at 10:00 a.m.  

Fire Station 1, 125 W. Hayden Ave., in Hayden. The purpose of the special meeting is to hold an executive session to consider evaluation of personnel. Executive sessions are closed to the public and no decisions are made.

Regularly scheduled board meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month

at 10:00 a.m. at Station 1 located at

125 W. Hayden Ave., in Hayden

Alert! Kootenai is the emergency alert system that enables the County to provide the public with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as winter storms, flooding, major forest fires, unexpected road closures, evacuations of building or neighborhoods and more.

A public hearing for the Board of Fire Commissioners to receive public input on the potential annexation of certain properties into the Northern Lakes Fire Protection District will be held 

Thursday, May 27th  

10:00 a.m. at Fire Station 1 

located at 125 W. Hayden Ave., in Hayden 



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