Whatcom County bans all outdoor burning

Dry weather and increased fire danger has prompted the Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office to issue restrictions on all open burning effective Monday, June 29.

All outdoor burning including recreational fires, yard debris fires and land clearing fires will be prohibited in Whatcom County as of noon Monday.

Grills still can be used, but the Marshal’s Office encourages people to be extremely careful to dispose of any fire remnants. Charcoal and ash should be kept in a metal container, dowsed with water and kept 10 feet away from trees and structures for three days.

Fireworks are not part of this ban. City and county regulations still apply.

The ban was ordered in conjunction with statewide bans by the Department of Natural Resources. Gov. Jay Inslee also has declared a state of emergency in Washington due to high fire danger.

For more information on burning restrictions, call the county Fire Marshal’s Office at 360-676-6907.