Whatcom County lifts ban on yard burning

Yard and debris burning will be allowed in unincorporated Whatcom County as of 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, though permits will be required for most fires.

The Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office decided to lift the ban after all the recent rain.

Verbal burn permits and outdoor burning information are available by calling 360-778-5903. Fires larger than 4 square feet require a written burn permit, available at the Planning and Development Services Office, 5280 Northwest Drive, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Burn information also is available at co.whatcom.wa.us/381/Fire-Marshal.

A permanent ban on open burning remains in effect in Bellingham, Lynden, Ferndale, Blaine, Everson, Nooksack, Sumas, Birch Bay, Kendall, the Cherry Point area, and their urban growth areas.

For property under the jurisdiction of the Department of Natural Resources, call 1-800-323-BURN for burn permit information.

All outdoor burning requires a permit in Whatcom County, with the exception of recreational fires that meet specific conditions.

People still need to be very careful because the area is recovering from drought. Violating burn restrictions can result in a minimum fine of $250 plus paying for fire suppression costs and possibly facing criminal charges of reckless burning.