Idaho's First Rangeland Fire Protection Association (RFPA)
On July 10, 2012 the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) formally recognized the first Rangeland Fire Protection Association (RFPA) in Idaho. Over that year, a group of private landowners in Elmore County worked closely with the IDL, using a successful RFPA located in Oregon as a model.
An RFPA is a non-profit organization established to prevent and suppress range fires. It is governed by the members and funded by fees set by a local board, as well as grant dollars. Equipment and training are provided through IDL. Boise District’s Fire Management, in partnership with IDL, provided the association members with basic fire training.
After the success of this organization, other groups located in southern Idaho have formed similar associations.
Read more about the Mountain Home RFPA and its accomplishments.