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Ban lifted on recreational fires in unincorporated Whatcom County

Residents of unincorporated Whatcom County can burn small recreational fires again, the fire marshal's office announced Friday, Aug. 16.

Fires larger than 3 feet in diameter are still illegal.

Here's the press release.

Whatcom County – Due to the recent rain and increase in fuel moisture levels, the Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office will be lifting the restrictions on recreational fires only in unincorporated Whatcom County starting 09:00 am, today, August 16, 2013.

Land clearing and yard debris fires are still prohibited until further notice. 

Recreational fires are fires that are less than 3 feet in diameter, burning only seasoned firewood or charcoal, and are built in an approved fire enclosure.  To find out the requirements for an approved enclosure and general outdoor burning information, please call the burn information line at (360) 676-6934.

Violations of these burn restrictions can result in a minimum $250.00 fine.

In addition if you have an illegal fire that escapes or needs to be extinguished by the fire department, you may be held financially responsible for fire suppression costs.

If you have specific questions on open burning in Whatcom County, please contact the Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office at 360-676-6907.

Always use extreme caution and follow all regulations when burning.

Update at 10 a.m. Lummi Island remains an exception to the rule, because of planned interruptions to the Whatcom Chief ferry next week, said Fire District 11 Chief Duncan McLane.

Press release follows.

AS OF 9:00 AM FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2013

A Total Burn Ban remains in effect for Lummi Island

Propane, Charcoal BBQs and fully contained smokers are allowed.

Recreation fires are not allowed.

Violations of theses burn conditions can result in response fees starting at $250.00.

If you have an illegal fire that escape or needs to be extinguished by fire agencies, you may 

be held financially responsible for all suppression costs.

Thank you and Be safe.