Outdoor Burning

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.

Burn Ban Status

Effective 9:00am, October 2, 2017, the burn ban has been lifted for unincorporated areas of Whatcom County.

For current outdoor burning information, please call the burn ban information line at (360) 778-5903.  Please check our rules pages for information on Burn Permit rules for Land-Clearing/Commercial, Recreation/Campfire & Residential Burn Permits.

 Washington State Department of Natural Resources Fire Danger Level: Low

Permanent Burn Ban Areas

There is a permanent burn ban in effect within certain city limits and urban growth areas (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