A burn ban for Whatcom County begins 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 15.
The Whatcom County Fire Marshal's Office cites warm weather and dry vegetation for putting restrictions on all open burning. Land clearing and yard debris burning must end by the time the burn ban begins.
Recreational fires still will be allowed in designated campgrounds and properties with landowner permission. Recreational fires can be no larger than 3 feet in diameter, burning only seasoned firewood or charcoal, in a fire enclosure.
Violating burning restrictions can result in a minimum $250 fine. Violators whose illegal fires need to be extinguished by the fire department may be charged with reckless burning and held financially responsible for fire suppression costs.
For more information on burning requirements call 360-676-6934.