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District Map

Click here for a map of the Hauser Lake Fire Protection District, courtesy Kootenai County.

Community Information

Open Burning and Burn Permits in Hauser Lake

Questions & Answers by Chief Simms

When do I need a burning permit?

Permits for burning are required during the Idaho Closed Burning Season which is usually from May 10 through October 20. Recreational fires do not require a permit but can be no larger than 3 feet in diameter and no more than 2 foot high in fuel. Outside of that time frame, as long as there is not a Burn Ban in effect, no permit is needed. Please note that the State of Idaho sometimes does extend the permit season beyond those dates, so this can change from time to time.

Click here for a Idaho DOL press release noting that Burn Permits are required as of May 10, 2017.

Where can I get a permit?

Permits, when required, for hand stacked yard waste may be obtained online or at the fire station.

The public can now obtain a burn permit online as a ‘self service’ (and renew) as long as burning is allowed.

burnpermits.idaho.gov/Home.aspx

It is important that the permit holder has a permit in possession when they are burning. If you have trouble with the link, you can also still fill out the forms found at the station in the cabinet out front of the fire station.

All other types of permits (slash, machine stacked slash, etc.) need to be obtained from the Idaho Department of Lands, 3258 West Industrial Loop, Coeur d’Alene.

What if no one is at the fire station to issue a permit?

Please fill out the form in the white box/cabinet at the front of the fire station. Fill out two copies, one to take with you and one to leave in the box. You can also use the online link shown above to obtain a permit.

What does a permit cost?

Permits in the Hauser Lake Fire District are issued at no cost.

Will the fire department still come out if I am burning with a permit?

Even if you have a permit the fire department may still respond if called. If there is a complaint due to smoke from your fire we may have to extinguish the fire even if you have a permit.

When is burning banned?

When weather conditions dictate burning may be banned, which means no open flames of any kind. Watch for Burn Ban signs as you drive into the area for a ban notice.

Are there any other restrictions?

Yes!

For more information, please see http://www.deq.idaho.gov/air/assist_citizen_comm/light_it_right_0610.pdf.

Receive Emergency Notifications

First, visit the Kootenai County Emergency Notification System for Citizen Notification page. This is a free citizen voice and text alert notification service used to contact you during urgent or emergency situations with useful information and updates by sending voice, text or email messages to you. This is for local emergency notifications like an evacuation, school lockdown, public health event, etc.

Second, visit the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security website to sign up for emergency notifications to cell phones from the state on things having to do with weather, firest, etc.

Hydrants

Help us find the hydrant! Keeping weeds cut during the spring and summer and shoveling the snow around hydrants during the winter season helps us find and use the fire hydrants when they are needed. Remember to keep chimneys clean and your smoke detectors working. In the event of a power outage do not run open flame or catalytic heaters without making sure that there is plenty of ventilation. Electric heaters are a safer alternative indoors. If you need assistance changing smoke detector batteries, we will be more than happy to help out. Remember that smoke detectors should be completely replaced after ten years.

House Number Signs

House number signs are only $15 through the Hauser Lake Fire Department

House number signs are only $15 through the HLFD

Will the fire department, ambulance or sheriff be able to find your house when you need them? Precious time is often lost trying to find the right address. The numbers are small or they might be large enough but, because of color or placement, are hard to see—especially if it is dark, foggy or bad weather.

So that we can find you in an emergency, your address needs to be visible from the street (where your driveway meets the street, if not on the house itself) and if there is more than one home on the driveway, all should be clearly marked. It is wise to have a friend drive by your home at normal speed on a dark night when visibility is bad and tell you what your address is. This exercise can reveal if you need to change something.

To make it easy for homeowners, the Hauser Lake Volunteer Fire Department offers blue address signs, visible throughout the community, at cost—only $15.00 each. The signs are two-sided with 4-inch reflective numbers on a blue reflective background. Call the fire station at 773-1174 to order.

(An added bonus of having a well marked address is that UPS and FedEx can find you to deliver packages too!)