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Director:
J.E. “Sam” Ryan, CBO

5280 Northwest Drive
Bellingham, Washington 98226
Telephone: (360) 676-6907
E-mail: pds@co.whatcom.wa.us

 
Fire Marshal

Firemarshal BadgeThe 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 County Fire Marshal’s Office provides plan review for land use and commercial construction, conducts annual fire and life safety inspections, and conducts fire and arson investigations. The Fire Marshal's Office also 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.

burn ban

BURN BAN STATUS:

BURN BAN IN EFFECT BEGINNING JULY 15, 2014

Washington State

Department of Natural Resources Fire Danger:

MODERATE

Dry conditions and summer weather will call for burn restrictions.

Due to the hot summer weather ahead and low fuel moisture levels, the Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office will be enacting restrictions on all open burning starting 8:00am Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

All land clearing and yard debris burning must be discontinued at that time.

Recreational fires will still be allowed in designated campgrounds and on improved properties with the landowner’s permission.  Recreational fires are fires that are less than 3 feet in diameter, burning only seasoned firewood or charcoal, and are built in an approved fire enclosure.  To find out the requirements for an approved enclosure please call the burn information line at (360) 676-6934.

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 responsible for fire suppression costs, as well as criminally charged for Reckless Burning.

See Open Burning Regulations

Requirements for recreational fires:

RECREATIONAL FIRE/CAMPFIRE

  • UP TO 3’ X 3’ OF SEASONED FIREWOOD OR CHARCOAL ONLY
  • MUST HAVE ENCLOSURE 16” HIGH, MADE OF STEEL OR CEMENT BLOCKS.
    • **ALTERNATE FOR BEACH FIRES (WHERE ALLOWED) IS 8” DEEP PIT WITH  4” HIGH STONE WALL AROUND**
  • 25 FT. FROM STRUCTURES, TIMBER, COMBUSTIBLE MATERIAL
  • GARDEN HOSE OR (2) 5-GALLON BUCKETS OF WATER AT FIRE
  • HAND TOOLS REQUIRED ON-SITE
  • ALLOWED AFTER DARK
  • FIRES MUST BE ATTENDED UNTIL OUT COLD AND DOUSED WITH WATER
  • NO BURNING WHEN WINDS EXCEED 7 MPH.