Bellingham to ban open outdoor fires

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.

Whatcom County already has a similar burn ban in place for the unincorporated areas. Lynden banned all open burning on Tuesday.

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 libby.keller@bellinghamherald.com.