Fire Marshal


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

Burn Ban Status

Effective Wednesday, September 14, 2016, the Fire Marshal has enacted a Stage 1 burn ban for unincorporated Whatcom County.

Recreational fires will be allowed in designated campgrounds and on improved properties with the landowner's permission

For current outdoor burning information please call the Burn Information Line at (360) 778-5903.

See our Open Burning Regulations page for information on outdoor burning.

Washington State Department of Natural Resources Fire Danger Level: Low