Questions and answers about fires and burning in Hauser Lake.
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.
Permits, when required, for hand stacked yard waste may be obtained online or at the fire station.
This the ‘self service’ online burn permit (and renewal) available as long as burning is allowed, for free, through the IDOL: burnpermits.idaho.gov
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 a paper form, found in the white cabinet in the front of the Hauser Lake 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?
The only items you can burn are wood and paper products;
you must call the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality at 208-666-4609 or visit their website;
If you live in the Hauser Lake area, we encourage you to volunteer!
If you live in the Hauser Lake area, we encourage you to volunteer! Volunteers can help in whatever capacity they are comfortable. If you are in good physical condition, can dedicate the time, and like to work with cool tools, you can volunteer as a firefighter and/or EMT.
If you don’t feel comfortable with that, have a bit less time, or are not physically able to be a full firefighter, we can still use your help and support. We have an Auxiliary that supports members during incidents and trainings and takes on various projects. We can also utilize someone who may have a particular expertise or would simply want to help out with maintenance, administrative, fire prevention or other functions.
If you’re not interested in being a firefighter or EMT, the Hauser Lake Fire Auxiliary might be a great way for you to still help out and support the fire department. The Fire Auxiliary hosts our open house, helps with various projects around the station, and supports the firefighters during a fire by providing food and drinks to the firefighters.
If any of these avenues sound like something you would like to do, please contact us at the fire station for more information or just stop by for a chat with the Chief who is at the station most weekdays from 7 am to 4 pm.
Hauser Lake residents should soon receive HLFPD’s November Newsletter in their mailbox, written by Chief Simms. Two items in the newsletter are particularly newsworthy to residents.
First, Hauser Lake Fire has received grants totaling $30,000 this year to upgrade communications. We continue to apply for other grants that can leverage our funds and save taxpayers money.
Second, this summer the Idaho Survey and Rating Bureau surveyed our fire district to evaluate our ability to respond to emergencies. The survey is very comprehensive and includes an in-depth look at training, equipment, apparatus, water delivery and more. As a result of the hard work of our volunteers, our insurance rating for those areas served by fire hydrants improved from a rating of 5 to a rating of 4. With a lower rating it is possible for those residents within 1000 feet of a fire hydrant to shop for insurance that may be available at less cost.
The newsletter includes some interesting statistics about our members. Last year, our members responded to 181 emergency calls. As of October 31, this year we have responded to 177 calls. Each year our volunteers provide over 3,000 hours of service to the community. This includes emergency calls, training and community activities. In terms of dollar value this adds up to nearly $100,000 per year in tax savings for our residents.
Finally, Chief Simms included important reminders about address signs and smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, plus news of upcoming Hauser events.
First, visit the Kootenai County Emergency Notification System for Citizens 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 lock down, public health event, etc.
House number signs may be purchased for 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!)
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.
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