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Fire Danger is MODERATE

Burn permits are being issued for residential yard waste, burn barrels & slash piles.

Recreational fires, cooking fires, and small camping fires consisting of clean wood do NOT require a permit.

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

(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.

Northern Lakes Fire Protection District Funding Request on Ballot November 2nd

The District will be holding an override levy vote this November. The funding request is in response to the District’s need for additional Firefighters and fire station(s) required to keep up with the increasing demand in calls for service. The NLFD has operated with the same number of fire stations, engine companies, and ambulances since the formation of our District in 2000.  Over that period, the NLFD has had no additional increase in funding above the maximum allowed 3%. Yet, during the same period, the NLFD has experienced a 700% increase in responses and a nearly 300% increase in the population served.

The core levy components include:

  • Faster average response time for emergency calls

  • A 3rd fire station built & staffed to cover the District

  • 12 additional firefighter/paramedics


The impact for the taxpayer:

  • Improved rating by the insurance rating bureau resulting in some homeowners seeing a decrease in insurance costs

  • The proposed levy will cost approximately $10  per month for average home owner based on current conditions


Our daily operations are currently funded through a fire protection levy rate for maintenance and operations (M&O) of $1.055 per $1,000 of net taxable market value. Over time, Northern Lakes Fire levy rates fall as property values rise and growth increases, limiting the District to the same revenue per year plus a 3% increase allowed by law. The proposed levy override would increase the District’s M&O levy rate to $1.25 per $1,000 of taxable value based on current conditions. As a comparison, other similar sized fire districts in Idaho have current M&O levy rates of:


                             Kootenai County Fire & Rescue                    $1.591/$1,000

                             Caldwell Fire Department                              $1.498/$1,000

                             Meridian Fire Department                              $1.017/$1,000

                             North Ada County Fire District                       $2.359/$1,000

                           For more details on levy, please visit www.northernlakesfirelevy.info

For More Information on November 2 Election, visit Kootenai County Election Information
November 2 Election Voters Guide visit Coeur d'Alene Press here

Early Voting available at the Elections Department Oct 18 -  Oct 29, Mon thru Fri from 8 am to 5 pm

Polls open 8 am to 8 pm on Election Day

Northern Lakes Fire Sample Ballot

The 2021 General Election has three (3) Northern Lakes Fire District Commissioner positions up for election, each serving four (4) year terms. While the elected officials represent separate Sub-Districts, they are

voted on at-large by all voters in the District 



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.

Provides an all-hazards response and community risk reduction to the greater Hayden, Rathdrum, and Twin Lakes areas in Kootenai County. Northern Lakes Fire staffs two fire engines and two advanced life support (ALS) ambulances with career staff that respond to more than 5,500 emergency calls annually from two staffed stations located in the cities of Hayden and Rathdrum. These stations are staffed 24/7/365 with twelve Firefighter/EMTs. 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 certified EMTs, including fifteen paramedics.


Our staff respond to structure and wildland fires, emergency medical calls with paramedic staffed ambulances, motor vehicle crashes with heavy extrication capabilities, hazardous material response, technical rescue, weather events, ice rescues, and operate two fire & rescue boats.


Our District is comprised of approximately 108 square miles of lakes, mountains, prairies and growing cities with a population of more than 60,000 residents living in a Wildland Urban Interface identified by the Federal Registry as high risk for wildfire.

Please enjoy our website for your informational needs!


Read the District's Newsletter "The Fire Wire"


The District's

Quarterly Newsletter

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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


The regularly scheduled meeting for Thursday, October 28 has been moved to Tuesday, October 26 



Due to the holidays, the regularly scheduled meetings in November will be held the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays

The next scheduled board meeting

will be held on 

Tuesday, October 26th at 10:00 a.m.  

Fire Station 1 located at 

125 W. Hayden Ave. in Hayden

Northern Lakes Fire Career Firefighters

Are Proudly Represented by the     

International Association of Firefighters Local #4045

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