With concern for fire danger continuing to rise, a ban is being placed on open burning within city limits.
The ban, which will go into effect at 8 a.m. Thursday, July 2, prohibits all wood and charcoal fires in the city.
Grills are still allowed to be used, but discarded ash and charcoal should be kept in a metal container, dowsed with water and kept 10 feet from any trees or structures.
The ban is designed to eliminate a frequent cause of uncontrolled, outdoor fires as the city battles heightened fire danger during the Fourth of July weekend.
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Launching fireworks or sky lanterns within Bellingham city limits is prohibited. Violations can result in minimum fines of $250.
Libby Keller can be reached at 360-715-2242 or email@example.com.