Whatcom County urges public to avoid firework use

Without a drop of rain in the forecast, Whatcom County has issued a request for residents not to use fireworks over the Fourth of July weekend.

While no additional bans will be placed on fireworks use in the unincorporated areas before Independence Day, the county is strongly urging residents to find other ways to celebrate. The request, issued by County Executive Jack Louws on Wednesday, July 1, recommended people be very mindful of the potential danger fireworks could pose because of the extreme dryness and warm temperatures the area has seen over the last several weeks.

Th executive can’t legally issue a ban on fireworks use. However, the county previously banned all outdoor recreational burning. That includes recreational fires but does not include grills or fireworks.

For questions regarding the county burn ban, contact the Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office at 360-676-6907 or visit its website.