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Docket 20-0402-2301

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IDAPA 20.04.02

The Idaho Department of Lands administers IDAPA 20.04.02, Rules Pertaining to the Idaho Forestry Act and Fire Hazard Reduction Laws under the authorities of the Idaho Forestry Act (Title 38, Chapter 1, Idaho Code) and Fire Hazard Reduction Programs (Title 38, Chapter 4, Idaho Code).

This rule sets standards for reducing or mitigating the fire hazard created by the harvesting of forest products or potential forest products during forest operations. The rule describes the Certificate of Compliance-Fire Hazard Management Agreement required by 38-122 for anyone about to engage in cutting forest products. It provides for management of the subsequent fire hazards created through a bonding process in accordance with 38-122, 38-404 and 38-405 and details metrics for quantifying and mitigating those hazards.

Following Executive Order 2020-01, Zero Based Regulation, this rule chapter is scheduled for a comprehensive review in 2024 with the goal of simplifying the rules for increased clarity and ease of use.

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Current Status

3rd Draft of the Rule Text is now available for public review. We invite the public to submit written comments by April 17, 2024 (date extended).

There are no substantive changes to the rule text. The new draft showcases significant re-organization and textual adjustments aimed at enhancing clarity and coherence. Thank you for your continued engagement in this important process!

Submit Written Comments

Negotiated rulemaking public comment period extended to April 17, 2024.

How to send your comments:
By email to:
Through our website:  Submit a comment
By mail to:

Idaho Department of Lands – CDA staff office
Attn: Josh Harvey – Rulemaking
3284 W. Industrial Loop
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815

Fax: (208)769-1524

Negotiated Rulemaking

Negotiated rulemaking is a process in which all interested parties and the agency seek consensus on the content of a rule. Public meetings are an opportunity for all interested persons to discuss possible changes to the rule, and the public may also submit written comments.


Josh Harvey
Fire Management Chief
Forestry and Fire Division
Idaho Department of Lands

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