March 23, 2020 - Out of an abundance of concern for both our citizens and personnel, at this time the Northern Lakes Fire District has restricted access to our fire stations to personnel only.
For persons/businesses requiring paperwork or information on residential/commercial building permits, please call our administrative office at 208/772-5711.
We anticipate these limitations to be temporary and will be evaluating the situation every 30 days. 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
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 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 www.deq.idaho.gov/air-quality
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.
ABOUT THE NORTHERN LAKES FIRE DISTRICT
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!
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 next board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 22nd 10:00 a.m. at Station 1 125 W. Hayden Ave., in Hayden