Dry weather prompts Whatcom County burn ban

After a recent string of fires fed by dry weather and wind, most outdoor burning will be banned in unincorporated Whatcom County starting Wednesday morning, June 17.

The county fire marshal’s office had planned to start a burn ban next week.

Then on Saturday a small wildfire was sparked in the Chuckanut Mountains and three barns burned on East Pole Road possibly due to windswept embers from a smoldering debris pile. Just before the announcement was made that the ban would start a few days earlier, another grass fire caught on Sunset Avenue south of Ferndale, said Mitch Nolze, a county fire investigator.

No debris-clearing fires will be allowed after 8 a.m. Wednesday. Violating the ban could result in a minimum $250 fine and, if the flames get out of control, costs of extinguishing the fire.

Campfires less than 3 feet in diameter are still allowed.

Call 360-676-6934 to find out more about how to ensure your campfire has a legal enclosure.

All cities in the county have a permanent burn ban.

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