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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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Northside Fire District

Regular Commissioners Meeting

Wednesday, March 20th at 6:00 p.m.

Station 1, 437 Cedar Ave., Ponderay

Call Counter 2023

YTD Fire




Total                    639

Call Counter 2022





Total                   751

Did you know...


  • 90% of our staffing is VOLUNTEER.

  • We responded to 751 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

Wildfire  Information


Northside Fire District Information Bulletin

January 30, 2023:

The Northside Fire District is in "CRITICAL NEED OF VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS" to supplement our existing staff of paid firefighters.  The District is a "Combination Fire Department", which utilizes both paid and volunteer firefighters for response to emergency incidents.  Due to the shortage of personnel, often times only 1 or 2 firefighters are initially able to respond to serious calls such as critical medical incidents, structure fires, vehicle accidents and wildland fires.

If you are interested in starting a new career as a "FIREFIGHTER/EMT" or just want to help your community, give us a call at (208) 265-4114 or you can fill out our application here.


The person you save or help may be a family member or friend.


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