The Clearwater County Chamber of Commerce welcomes C-PTPA to membership. Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association, Inc. is a nonprofit entity working to protect 988,828 acres of land owned by various state and federal agencies and private landowners. Their goal is to detect wildland fires and extinguish them quickly. Chief Fire Warden Kane Steinbruecker oversees an administration staff and four separate areas of fire protection (Boehls, Elk River, Headquarters and Orofino). Being nationally qualified, the Association is able to send personnel all over the USA to participate in other agencies’ fires. For over a century the core belief of quick, safe initial attack has been and will continue to be the mission of C-PTPA. Kane would like the community to be aware and prepared for possible fires. “Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association Inc. is a private, non-profit corporation whose mission is to provide safe, aggressive, effective wildland fire suppression on almost one million acres of Idaho’s private, state, and federally owned lands. 

I ask that the public remain vigilant in the prevention of wildland fires by ensuring campfires are not left unattended and residents are responsible when utilizing fire as a tool on their private property.

 I would also like to ask residents to maintain defensible space for their properties, homes, and outbuildings in the wildland urban interface.  As our footprint of development expands in Idaho, it is extremely important to manage and mitigate the fuels near structures and infrastructure to provide for firefighter safety and the greatest probability of success when suppressing wildland fires. It’s also important to maintain situational awareness during fire season by knowing the current fire danger and understanding and adhering to local evacuation procedures and routes as well as fire restrictions or burn bans that may be in effect.

 It is an honor to become a member of the Clearwater County Chamber of Commerce and I would like to express my gratitude to the local businesses and members that provide much of the support for our operations.  Our success is owed to them, our interagency cooperators, and our dedicated staff of full-time and seasonal employees.

 Thank you! Please dial 911 to report ALL fires.” statement from M. Kane Steinbruecker

If you would like to receive wildfire alerts in your area, please go to and select the appropriate district. For more information visit them at 10250 Hwy 12 Orofino, online at or like them on facebook.”

Photo: C-PTPA Chief Fire Warden Kane Steinbruecker, Fiscal Officer Kim Browning and Payroll & Records Manager Tammy Davis