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Burn Permits Required Year-round for Ponderay & Kootenai

If you are outside the cities of Ponderay and Kootenai, you will need to obtain a permit through Idaho Department of Lands at the IDL link above. Ponderay and Kootenai residents will obtain a year round permit from Northside Fire. New permits can be obtained by clicking the icon above, renewals can be done by phone at 208-265-4114 or by clicking the above link, just indicate renewal next to your name.

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Do you want to give back to your community? Do you like the feel of adrenaline pumping through your body? Have you ever wanted to be a firefighter or an EMT? Lastly, do you have what it takes? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we want to talk to you.

Northside Fire is currently seeking motivated individuals to fill several volunteer responder positions. Although previous experience is not necessary. If accepted, all training and gear will be provided for you.

Please contact us at 208-265-4114 if interested or click the link.


Current Burn Restrictions
Bonner County, City of Kootenai and City of Ponderay:  As of May 10, 2021 all burning has been suspended with the exception of yard debris and burn barrels.  A permit will be required for this type of burning.  Bonner County residents can contact Idaho Department of Lands for permits.  City of Kootenai and City of Ponderay residents can contact Northside Fire District for permits.


Call Counter 2021

YTD Fire




Total                 257  

Call Counter 2020





Total                   588

Did you know...


  • 90% of our staffing is VOLUNTEER.

  • We responded to 685 emergencies last year.

  • Our volunteers, last year, logged over 500 hours of training.

  • We are an all hazards fire department, providing the following services:

    • Fire Suppression

    • Emergency Medical Response

    • Vehicle Extrication

    • Hazardous Materials / Conditions Response

    • Water & Rope Rescue

    • Fire Safety / Prevention &

    • Fire Extinguisher Training

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