Fire Marshal

COVID-19 Notice: To help reduce the load on our first responders and others, NWCAA is asking for a voluntary curtailment of woodstoves and outdoor burning. For more information click here.

UPDATED BURN BAN NOTICE: Due to increasingly dry weather conditions, and anticipated increase of Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fire danger to HIGH, the Deputy Fire Marshal, Curtis Metz, has ordered restrictions on all open burning. Effective immediately, September 9th, 2020, all open burning is prohibited in unincorporated Whatcom County until further notice. This ban is in conjunction with statewide outdoor burning restrictions enacted by DNR for all state-protected lands. And NWCAA’s air quality burn ban.

All outdoor burning is prohibited during this ban, including yard debris fires, land clearing fires, and recreational fires.

Propane fire pits without solid wood burning material will still be allowed, along with propane and charcoal BBQs. Care should be used in the disposal of any used charcoal and ashes. Charcoal and ash should be discarded of in a metal container and dowsed with water. The container should be kept 10 feet from any structures or trees for 72 hours. Wood burning fire pits or similar enclosures with grates are NOT considered barbecues and not allowed.

If you live within a tribal or city boundary, contact the fire agency in your jurisdiction for specific restrictions in those areas. Also, contact any campgrounds you plan on visiting, as well as DNR, to learn about restrictions in those areas.

Violations of these burn restrictions can result in a minimum $250.00 fine. In addition, if you have an illegal fire that escapes or needs to be extinguished by the fire department, you may be held financially and criminally responsible.

These outdoor burning restrictions may be reduced as weather and fire danger dictates.

If you have any questions on open burning in Whatcom County, please contact the Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office at 360-778-5900 or listen to current burn ban information on the Whatcom County Burn Information Line at 360-778-5903.

  1. Updated Burn Ban Restrictions Effective Immediately

    Due to increasingly dry weather conditions, and anticipated increase of Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fire danger to HIGH, the Deputy Fire Marshal, Curtis Metz, has ordered restrictions on all open burning. Read on...
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Responsibilities


The Fire Marshal’s Office team works as part of the Building Services Division and in partnership with the Sheriff’s Office and the county fire districts to provide a wide spectrum of fire prevention and building safety services.

The Fire Marshal’s Office:
  • Conducts annual fire and life safety inspections
  • Conducts fire and arson investigations
  • Issues permits for sprinkler and alarm systems, above ground and underground fuel tank removal / installation / repair, firework displays, fireworks stands, open burning, and special events
  • Provides plan review for land use and commercial construction
Fire Marshal's Guide to Recreational Fires and Outdoor Fireplaces.
 
 For current outdoor burning information please call the Outdoor Burning Information Line at (360) 778-5903.
 
See our Outdoor Burning Regulations page for information on outdoor burning. 

Washington State Department of Natural Resources Fire Danger Level