Ban on outdoor burning to start July 15 in Whatcom County

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJuly 12, 2013 

Hot weather and dry conditions have caused a ban on open burning in unincorporated Whatcom County starting Monday, July 15, according to the Whatcom County Fire Marshal's Office.

The ban starts at 8 a.m. Monday. Burning land-clearing and yard debris will not be allowed.

Recreational fires - those less than 3 feet in diameter, burning only seasoned firewood or charcoal and built in an approved fire enclosure - still will be allowed in designated campgrounds and on improved properties with the landowner's permission.

A permanent burn ban is in effect for residents of cities and their urban growth areas, with only recreational fires allowed there.

On Lummi Island, fire danger is very high. Recreational fires no larger than 2 feet in diameter are allowed and must comply with conditions listed at lummiislandfire.com. Beach fires must be below the most recent high-tide level.

Violations of burn restrictions can result in a fine of $250 or more plus the bill for firefighting costs if it gets out of control.

Questions about open burning can be directed to the Whatcom County Fire Marshal's Office, 360-676-6907.

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