Rangeland Fire Protection Associations, or RFPAs, leverage the extensive local knowledge among Idaho ranchers to provide swift initial attack on rangeland wildfires.
Learn about Idaho’s Rangeland Fire Protection Associations
Select items from this table of contents to learn more about RFPAs, where they are, their organization and contributions to fighting wildfires on Idaho’s rangelands.
Strengthening Firefighting Capacity
Rooted in the idea of empowering local landowners to protect their own property and their neighbors’, Rangeland Fire Protection Associations add firefighting capacity where protection services are limited or not available.
GIS Enabled RPFA Fire Map
Find Idaho’s Rangeland Fire Protection Associations on this GIS enabled map, and explore the fires they have responded to over the years.
Local RFPA Organizations
Idaho’s RFPAs are local non-profit organizations that protect a combined 8.9 million acres of private, state and federal rangeland from catastrophic wildfire – a landmass larger than the state of New Jersey!
Idaho’s first rangeland fire protection association, the Mountain Home RFPA, was formed in 2012. Since then, Idaho’s RFPAs have expanded in number and collaborated to suppress range fires.
Annual RFPA Reports
Each year, IDL reports to the Idaho Board of Land Commissioners about RFPA’s state of readiness and preparations underway to expand rangeland protection.
Rangeland Fire Protection Associations play a key role in helping Idaho conserve sage grouse.
Rural Fire Capacity Grants for RFPAs
Funding for this program is provided by the USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry branch. This page provides the application forms.
OSC Grants for RPFAs
The Governor’s Office of Species Conservation (OSC) can provide grant funding to Rangeland Fire Protection Associations for the purchase of fire tools, supplies, PPE and more.
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RFPA Deadlines & Events
Program Contact Information
South Idaho Fire Program Liaison
Life on the Range Videos
Life on the Range, a series produced by the Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission, features videos highlighting RFPAs, their members and contributions.