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


Idaho Rebounds Stage 2 

May 16 - May 29

Burning is open as of Fri., April 24


We thank the public for being patient and for abiding by the burn ban which significantly reduced area emergency responders' unnecessary contacts with the community by following social distancing guidelines. 

Burn permits are required for yard waste, burn barrels and slash piles. A no-cost 10 day permit can be obtained from the Idaho Dept. of Lands (IDL) at

(see instructions below)


You must call the Air Quality Hotline at 800-633-6247

(Option #3 for Kootenai County)

for conditions prior to burning. If air quality is Green burning is allowed.

If air quality is Yellow or Red, burning is not allowed in the District.

Recreational, cooking fires, small camping fires or warming fires, chimineas, and fire pits are allowed without a permit.

You must have a copy of your IDL permit and a copy of the District's burning regulations 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, and three administrative support staff. In addition, all of our firefighters are also certified EMTs, including fourteen 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 45,000 residents. 

Please enjoy our website for your informational needs!



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.

Due to the imminent threat to health and safety from the COVID-19 virus, the requirements of Idaho Code 74-203(5) have been suspended by the governor during the declared state of emergency. The District's board meetings will be conducted with the board and staff only attending in person. All public meetings held will be available to other participants via free conference call with public comments being taken.

The District's next scheduled Board of Fire Commissioners' Meeting will be held  Thursday,  May 28th at 10:00 a.m. via telephone conference

Please call 425-436-6310 then enter the following access code when prompted: 501193#


Read the District's Newsletter "The Fire Wire"


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Quarterly Newsletter

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Northern Lakes Fire Career Firefighters

Are Proudly Represented by the     

International Association of Firefighters Local #4045

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Administrative Offices:

125 W Hayden Ave.

Hayden, ID     83835

Station Numbers
Hayden: 208-772-5711
Rathdrum: 208-687-1815

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