Early in July, Whatcom County implemented a Stage 1 Burn Ban restricting most types of outdoor burning except for recreational fires. That ban is being upgraded to a “Full Burn Ban” effective 8am on Wednesday, August 2nd.
According to a news release distributed today, “Due to increasingly dry weather conditions, and anticipated increase of Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fire danger to HIGH, the Deputy Fire Marshal, Mark Sniffen, has ordered restrictions on all open burning.”
All outdoor burning is prohibited during the ban, including yard debris fires, land clearing fires and recreational fires. Propane fire pits without solid wood burning material will still be allowed, along with propane and charcoal BBQs. Wood burning fire pits or similar enclosures with grates are not considered barbecues and therefore not allowed.
Whatcom County Fire District 7 Fire Chief Larry Hoffman said this burn ban will be in effect within the Ferndale city limits as well and Whatcom County Fire District 17 Fire Chief Jim Petrie said his district was implementing the Stage 2 burn ban as well, noting beach fires were not allowed.
This ban coincides with statewide outdoor burning restrictions enacted by the Department of Natural Resources for all state-protected lands.
Violations of these burn restrictions can result in a minimum $250.00 fine in addition to being held financially and criminally responsible for any damage.