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NEW BURNING ORDINANCE: Residents of Port Huron Township have a new burning ordinance.  The new ordinance comes from updates to the existing code which went into effect back in 2004.Since then the township has grown and many of the changes reflect Michigan Department of Environmental Quality regulations that will bring the township into compliance.

As far has having fires, a lot will not change. Fires for personal enjoyment or bon fires will now be known as camp fires. They can be done at any address in the township in compliance with the new ordinance. Burning of yard waste is still possible but limited to the areas that are not within 1400 feet from the Cities of Port Huron and Marysville. This remains a state law. Also no burning on “Clean Air Action days” or “Ozone Action Days”. Burning is also restricted within 1000 feet of a school while it is in session.

The new ordinance will require the resident to stop by the Port Huron Township Fire Station and purchase your permit. It will cost $15.00 and will be good until March 1st the following year. The permit will have key burning rules printed on it but we urge all residents to print a full copy of the ordinance (See Burning Ordinance to the left). The fire department will no longer require you to “call in” on the telephone in order to burn. Each resident is responsible for their fire. The Fire Department, Township Code Enforcement Officer, and Sheriff can issue tickets with costs ranging from $50.00 up to $500.00. Violators may also be responsible to pay for the cost of fire department services if a violation is found or if a fire gets out of control.

Stop by the fire station, 3848 Lapeer Rd. next to the township offices between 8:00 AM and 6:00PM any day of the week to sign up for your permit.

For more information, please call 982-3543. 

Fire Department

Craig Miller, Fire Chief 

Welcome to the Port Huron Township Fire Department web page. We have added many new and exciting features to our web page in order to provide you with important and informative information.  

The department just celebrated its 50th Anniversary of helping our neighbors in need.  For over half a century this organization has taken on challenges and has worked hard to improve and grow with our community. 

"Courage, Ability and Compassion" is the department's motto.  We are a combination fire department which means that we have both full time and on-call fire personnel.  This is the most common form of protection for communities the size of Port Huron Township.  A full time Fire Captain and an experienced Incident Commander are always on duty. 

As first responders, on-call firefighters are alerted via pagers and directed to the scene.The average response time in the Township is six minutes or less. All of our firefighters are Michigan State Certified firefighters as well as licensed Emergency Medical Technicians.

Port Huron Township Fire Department ISO Rating:  On Friday November 9, 2012, Port Huron Township was notified that their Fire Protection Rating had changed for the better. After a weeklong evaluation conducted in August, ISO, the Insurance Services Office based in Marlton New Jersey, awarded the new classification.  Their inspection covered all aspects of fire protection including how 911 calls are received, the quality of the water distribution system, and the fire department itself. All of these factors were studied and a new ISO classification of 5/8B was awarded to the township.

“We are proud of our new rating. It shows that our department is improving to meet the needs of a growing community!” (Chief Craig Miller) Previously Port Huron Township was a class 6/9 which was reviewed back in 1994. The new classification also means that insurance agents who reference ISO may reduce premiums for their customers. The township recommends calling your agent and find out.

With this improvement, Port Huron Township joins 344 communities in the state of Michigan with a Class 5 rating. Previously Port Huron Township was a class 6/9 which was reviewed back in 1994. On a 1 to 10 scale, communities with a lower number have a better fire protection rating. Of the more than one thousand fire departments in Michigan, only 115 hold a higher rating than a 5.



 3848 Lapeer Road, Port Huron, Michigan 48060
 Non-Emergency Telephone: 810-982-3543
 Fax: 810-982-7129




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