San Juan County Fire Marshal's Office


Burn Permits for Residential and Commercial burning will go on sale Monday October 5th. 

Recreational fires: Campfires are allowed at this time with no permit. Campfires are 3'x3' and are for burning clean firewood. No brush or yard waste. 

There are no residential or commercial permits allowed in the Urban Growth Areas (UGA) of Friday Harbor, Eastsound, or the Lopez Village.

Follow the link below for more info on burning as well as a link to the online portal for purchasing burn permits.

See the link above for more information on burning in San Juan County.  


All commercial burn permits require online registration as well as an inspection from the Fire Marshal’s Office. If you are a contractor doing work that involves burning you need a Commercial Burn Permit in most cases. email for inquires. 

Types of burning that require Commercial Permits:

Land Clearing, Stump burning, Logging, Forestry work, Work that involves Heavy Machinery, Most work that an outside contractor is being paid to burn.

Note: Some operations require coordination with the planning department or with the Washington Dept. of Natural Resources for forestry permits or changes of use of land. Please feel free to inquire regarding your project. Email: 

Violation of terms of burning permits or of RCW are subject to bills for suppression services from the fire department, fines of up to $10,000 from SJSO or the FMO, and investigation/fines from the Washington Department(s) of Ecology of Natural Resources.


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Protecting You and Your Family from Fire​

escapeplanh2_18 Welcome to the San Juan Fire Marshal's Office  It is the mission of the San Juan County Fire Marshal's Office to provide professional life safety protection and reduce the harm associated with fires, explosions and mechanical failure to the citizens of San Juan County through inspection, prevention and investigation.

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Recreational Fires

Recreational fires are three feet or less in diameter, built on bare soil, gravel,or in a fire bowl. Recreational Fires are campfires. Use firewood only. No yard waste. No garbage. Please keep Recreational Campfires well away from structures and put them dead out before leaving them unattended.

Wildland Fire Safety

Please take the time to learn about San Juan County's  Community Wildfire Protection Plan

This document was developed with the help of experts and property owners. It is available to you as a guide to help keep your home and neighborhood safe from wildland fires. Just click this link to view the plan: 

Community Wildfire Protection Plan

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