Fire Marshal

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The Fire Marshal’s Office works to support fire and life safety for the citizens, businesses and visitors of Burke County. The office is responsible for:

  • Building Plan Review
  • Fire Inspections
  • Fire Investigations
  • Fire Prevention

In conjunction with the Community Development Division, the Fire Marshal’s Office conducts building plan reviews to ensure current North Carolina Fire Prevention Code requirements are met. During and after construction, Fire Inspectors ensure and test fire prevention systems for proper installation and operation.

Routine Inspections

Fire Inspectors conduct routine inspections of businesses, schools, foster homes, daycares on either a one, two or three year cycle as outlined in the North Carolina Fire Prevention Code. Fire Inspectors also issue permits as outline in the Fire Prevention Ordinance.

Fire Investigations

When requested, the Fire Marshal’s Office assists 19 county volunteer and combination Fire Departments with determining fire cause and origin. Fire Investigators will conduct extensive investigations of fires when necessary to pursue prosecution of any criminal activities.

Fire Prevention Programs

The Fire Marshal’s Office conducts and participates in Fire Prevention Programs to assist businesses, industry, civic groups and schools in understanding fire codes and fire prevention.

  1. Burn Ban Lifted

    Posted on April 13, 2020

    Effective 13 April 2020 at 12:00 pm, the burning ban for Burke County has been lifted. Permits will now be issued at the regular locations and online. Please contact our office at 828-764-9320 with any questions. Read on...
  2. Official Burning Ban

    Posted on April 9, 2020

    Due to hazardous forest fire conditions, Commissioner Troxler issued an order to cancel all burning permits and prohibit open burning for many Western North Carolina counties including Burke. The order is effective from April 3, 2020 at 5 pm and Read on...
  3. Burning Ban Information

    Posted on April 8, 2020

    Due to increased fire risk, the N.C. Forest Service has issued a ban on all open burning and has canceled all burning permits for the following counties in western North Carolina: Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Read on...
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