Annual wildland firefighting Guard School

Release Date: Jun 5, 2018  

COEUR D’ALENE, ID (June 5, 2018) - The North Idaho Wildland Fire Training Zone is hosting its annual wildland fire training (Guard School) on June 4-8 at Camp Lutherhaven, located on LakeCoeur d’Alene. This event is a cooperative effort between the Coeur d’Alene and Nez Perce Tribes, Idaho Department of Lands, Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service.


Guard School is required training to teach new wildland firefighters the basics of fire behavior and suppression techniques necessary for fighting wildland fires in our nation’s forests and grasslands. Guard School is designed to mimic a real wildland fire including experiencing fire camp meals, sleeping in tents, crew cohesion and suppressing a controlled burn that simulates wildland fire behavior. 


We invite the media to join us on the afternoon of Thursday, June 7, as firefighters participate in a field exercise that simulates wildfire suppression on a parcel of Idaho Department of Lands property in Cougar Gulch, just south of Coeur d’Alene.  Students will work in teams to locate and extinguish the fire.


If you are interested in joining us to observe our new wildland firefighters, please call Shoshana Cooper at (208) 660-2752 before 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, to arrange a site visit and reserve required attire. Media will be escorted to the fireline by a firefighter. All personnel on the fireline are required to wear a hardhat, Nomex pants and shirts, and appropriate boots. It is essential to arrange media visits in advance to ensure the appropriate gear is available.