FireSmart ™ is a proactive program of Kootenai County and the National Fire Plan. Its purpose is to increase awareness of the hazards associated with wildfire in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) areas of Kootenai County and to mitigate those hazards wherever possible. Funding is provided through grants from our state and federal agencies.
The program is two-fold:
- Assists property owners in creating fuel breaks designed to protect themselves and their community from wildfire. For landowners whose property qualifies for treatment as a fuel break, the initial hazardous fuel treatment work is paid for through the FireSmart ™ program. Participants agree to maintain the work for a period of 10 years, or until they sell the property, whichever comes first.
- Provide property owners with information and educational tools to make them a full partner in protecting their home or business from wildfire. FireSmart ™ helps landowners learn how to create a fire safe zone around their home, reduce the ignitability of structures and create safe access for firefighters and other emergency personnel. Your local Fire Districts are also available to help with home assessments.
How Can I Participate?
- Call (208) 446-1779 to inquire about grant funded hazardous fuels reduction work, or to ask questions about FireSmartTM
- Please visit www.idahofirewise.org to learn more about fire and fuels in Idaho.
Fire Protection District Phone Numbers
Coeur d'Alene Fire 769-2340 East Side Fire 769-4269
Hauser Lake Fire 773-1174 KC Fire & Rescue 777-8500
Mica Kidd Island Fire 769-7946 Northern Lakes Fire 772-5711
Shoshone Co. Fire #2 784-1188 Spirit Lake Fire 623-5800
St. Maries Fire 245-5253 Timberlake Fire 683-3333
Worley Fire 686-1718