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
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
ABOUT THE NORTHERN LAKES FIRE DISTRICT
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!
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.,
NOTICE OF MEETING CHANGE
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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