Outdoor Burning

  1. Fire Marshal Burn Ban Reduction Press Release

    Due to the increase in fuel moisture levels, recreational fires will again be allowed in unincorporated Whatcom County effective 4PM Friday, September 15th, 2023. All other outdoor burning is still banned, including yard debris & land clearing fires! Read on...
  2. FIre Marshal Stage 2 Burn Ban, Effective August 16, 2023

    Due to increasingly dry weather conditions, the Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s office, has ordered a Stage 2 Burn Ban placing restrictions on all open burning effective at 4 PM on August 16th, 2023. Read on...
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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.

Burning in Whatcom County is regulated by the International Fire Code and Washington Administrative Codes relative to air pollution requirements.

Please contact the Whatcom County Burn Information Line at 360-778-5903 for a verbal burn permit, more information, or to speak to a fire inspector. 

 Outdoor Burning Complaints, please click here for more information.

NOTE: If your property lies within the boundaries of Whatcom County Fire District 5 (Point Roberts), District 11 (Lummi Island) or District 17 (Sandy Point), you must contact those fire districts for information on outdoor burning regulations and to obtain permits to burn.

Permanent Burn Ban Areas

There is a permanent burn ban in effect within certain city limits and urban growth areas (UGAs).  Recreational Fires are still allowed in the UGAs. The areas with permanent burn bans are:

Please click the links above to view a map of each city or Urban Growth Area that has a permanent burn ban. If the property where the fire is to be located is within on of these areas, you can ONLY have a recreational fire. If you are outside of these areas, please go to the burn permit rules page  for more information on how to obtain a permit to burn yard debris or land-clearing debris