Hand Piled & Machine Piled Logging Slash Burn Permits

Kootenai County Fire & Rescue

Before you burn:

Each day that you burn, call the Department of Air Quality (DEQ) at 1-800-633-6247 option 3# (be sure to change the location to Kootenai County Area) for air quality conditions.

You can only burn if the fire danger conditions are GREEN. DO NOT burn if the conditions are YELLOW or RED.

Permits are issued through Idaho Dept. of Lands at www.burnpermits.idaho.gov.  Permits are good for 10 days.


  1. Burning shall be ignited early in the day to decrease active burning after dark; pile should be down to burning embers by nightfall.
  2. Slash piles shall be clean of dirt and stumps. Machine piles should be constructed with a brush blade or grapple.
  3. Green trees and limbs must be cut and left for a minimum of thirty (30) days before they can be burned.
  4. Green slash may require the use of a powered blower to enhance burning and reduce smoke output.
  5. Attendant must create a fire break around pile. If water is not available, must have at least a shovel on scene at all times.
  6. All fires shall be a minimum of 50’ from any structure (includes trees and fences).
  7. There is a sixty (60) day down limit. Logs and piles should be burned and hauled away within this time limit.
  8. Fire Officials are authorized to require that burning be discontinued if smoke emissions are offensive to occupants of surrounding properties.


  • Untreated wood products
  • Dry lawn clippings
  • Cardboard
  • Dry garden waste
  • Paper
  • Leaves
  • Dry pine needles
  • Branches


  • Treated wood products
  • Pallets
  • Plastics
  • Furniture
  • Rubber products
  • Stumps (roots)
  • Paint & paint cans
  • Household garbage
  • Fiberglass products
  • Trade waste *
  • Carpeting & pads
  • Non-combustible items

*Trade waste includes any products generated from a business (ie: construction waste, nursery/landscaping waste, etc.)

If any of the above rules are violated, this permit may be revoked and you may be charged for staffing and equipment for responding to an illegal burn.

Any questions, contact Kootenai County Fire & Rescue at (208) 777-8500.

Burn Barrel Permits

Burn Barrel Permits

All burn barrels must be in good condition, off the ground 3-4 inches on non-combustible blocks, a minimum of four 1” vent holes along the bottom sides of the barrel, and have a screen on top with ½ inch max.

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