Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office and other agencies announce burn bans

An outside fire between Bay and Grandview Roads, east of Blaine Road 2017-07-14
An outside fire between Bay and Grandview Roads, east of Blaine Road (July 14, 2017). Photo: Discover Ferndale

Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office (WCFMO) announced Stage 1 burn ban restrictions on all open burning in unincorporated areas of Whatcom County will begin at 8am Friday, July 13th.

WCFMO made the announcement today, saying the action was “due to the warm weather conditions ahead and decreasing fuel moisture levels.”

Under a Stage 1 ban, all land clearing and yard debris fires are prohibited. But recreational fires will still be allowed in designated campgrounds and on improved properties with the landowner’s permission. Recreational fires are fires that are less than 3 feet in diameter, burning only seasoned firewood or charcoal and are built in an approved fire enclosure.

Violations of these restrictions can result in a minimum $250 fine. In addition, if your fire escapes or needs to be extinguished by the fire department, you may be held financially responsible for fire suppression costs, as well as criminally responsible according to WCFMO.

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Whatcom County Fire District 17 recently announced a burn ban within their district that took effect Monday at 8amLummi Island Fire District 11 reported that as of today, July 11th, fire danger conditions are very high and a burn ban is in effect.

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Northwest Region will enact burn restrictions effective 12:01am on Friday.  Small debris disposal fires normally allowed when following specific rules are not allowed on DNR lands in Snohomish, Island, Skagit, Whatcom, and San Juan counties. Campfires may be allowed in approved designated campgrounds as deemed permissible by the local campground hosts.

Last year, WCFMO issued a similar burn ban on July 7th.

Anyone with questions about open burning in unincorporated Whatcom County are asked to contact the Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office at 360-778-5900 or visit their website at:  http://www.whatcomcounty.us/FireMarshal. Also, the Outdoor Burning Information Line must be called every time you burn in Whatcom County. The number is 360-778-5903.

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