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. Press Release - Burn Ban to Rescind 11/22/23 at 5PM

    Posted on November 22, 2023

    Morganton, NC – NC Department of Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler has announced that effective at 5:00 pm on November 22, 2023, the open burning restrictions will be lifted. Additional Info...
  2. Press Release - Burn Ban

    Posted on November 8, 2023

    The Burke County Fire Marshals Office urges residents to refrain from any outside burning until our region receives significant rainfall. Our entire region has not seen any significant rainfall for several weeks with none expected in the Additional Info...
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