Fire Danger is HIGH


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Burn permits are now being issued for

burn barrels and yard debris/small slash piles (max of 5' high by 5' wide) through the ID Dept. of Lands

at their website

A copy of your permit and the District Burning Rules must be on site when burning

Permits are not required for small cooking or warming fires or recreational fires.

Bonfires require written permission

from the District


The Northern Lakes Fire District was established with the consolidation of two neighboring fire districts in 2000. We are not a department of any city or county government and are governed by a five-member Board of Fire Commissioners elected by the public to four-year terms.

Today, the District serves five communities with more than 60,000 residents. We  are an all-hazards organization that provides structural and wildland fire protection, advanced life support emergency medical services, fire prevention, and public education services, to those we serve.


In 2021, District crews responded to almost 6,400 emergency calls; more than a 17% increase from 2020. While we continue to seek resourceful and innovative means to provide the best level of service to our citizens and guests, additional staffing remains a crucial need. Please rest assured that our administration will continue working hard to identify options for funding the much needed additional firefighters.


In the meantime, our dedicated firefighters will respond to emergencies in their highly proficient and professional manner, as always.

Thank you to all the citizens for their continued support as we again move forward in our crucial mission to increase staffing for emergency response. I encourage anyone with questions, comments, or concerns to please contact me.


I just ask that when you see your fire crews out in the community, please take a moment to thank them and let them know they are appreciated and valued. 

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Pat Riley, Fire Chief

Phone: (208) 772-5711



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 6,300 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-nine 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 eighteen 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.

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The Northern Lakes Fire Protection District pursuant to Idaho Code Section 67-2808(2)(a)(v) and Resolution No. 22-06 adopted by the board of fire commissioners on September 8, 2022 hereby provides notice to obtain by sole source procurement a specialized modular building as the District’s 3rd fully staffed fire station by awarding a purchase contract to L&H Industrial. This award is based on the declaration by the board of fire commissioners that after due diligence there is only one (1) vendor and no functional equivalent for specialized modular fire station buildings that: 1) function as a permanent and/or relocatable fire station providing more flexibility to adapt to the needs of a growing community; 2) are able to be economically relocated multiple times to another site in 30 to 60 days without compromising structural or operational integrity and able to restore the original site to its original condition both quickly and economically; 3) have an estimated life span of 50 years and maintain high resale value if no longer needed; 4) are fully scalable and can readily accommodate additional apparatus bay modules or expanded living quarters and/or administrative space that can be manufactured and added to existing fire station in 2-3 months; 5) have modules that can be separated and repurposed; 6) can be installed and operational within 10-12 months of design approval; and 7) built in a factory that is not affected by weather or seasonal conditions the way conventional construction sites can be and not affected by contractor or labor shortages the market is currently experiencing.


Any vendor may challenge this sole source procurement. Notice must be filed no later than 4:00 p.m. PDT 14 calendar days following this publication by sending or delivering such notice to: Northern Lakes Fire District, 125 W. Hayden Ave., Hayden ID 83835 or by fax to 208/772-3044.


Posted on September 14th, 2022

Sole Source Procurement

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.


The Northern Lakes Fire District Board of Commissioners holds regularly scheduled board meetings on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at 10:00 a.m. at Fire Station 1 

located at 125 W. Hayden Ave., in Hayden unless otherwise noted. 

The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be held on Thursday, October 13 at 10:00 a.m.

at 125 W. Hayden Ave. in Hayden


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Northern Lakes Fire Career Firefighters

Are Proudly Represented by the     

International Association of Firefighters Local #4045

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