Outdoor Burning


 The Whatcom County burn ban is OFF.

The Columbia Valley Urban Growth Area is restricted to RECREATIONAL FIRES ONLY.

Recreational fire requirements:

  • Up to 3 feet by 3 feet of seasoned firewood or charcoal only
  • Must have enclosure 16 inches high, made of steel or masonry/rockery
  • 25 feet from structures, timber, and combustible material
  • 15 feet of overhead clearance required
  • Garden hose or (2) 5-gallon buckets of water at fire
  • Hand tools required onsite
  • Allowed after dark if attended until fire is out cold
  • No burning when winds exceed 7 MPH

Get Involved

Volunteer Fire

Looking to volunteer? 


Minimum Requirements for Volunteers:

  • 18 years old
  • Pass a medical exam, including a drug test
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Have a valid WA State driver's license
  • Have a good driving record
  • High School diploma, or equivalent
  • Live in the fire district