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Burn ban ends Wednesday for most of rural Whatcom County

Thanks to the rain, a burn ban in rural Whatcom County will be lifted at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Two exceptions of note: Lummi Island and Department of Natural Resources land.

The fire marshal's office explains in this 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 all open burning in unincorporated Whatcom County starting 08:00 AM Wednesday, September 18th.

A permanent ban on open burning remains in effect in the Cities of Bellingham, Lynden, Ferndale, Blaine, Everson, Nooksack, Sumas, Birch Bay, Kendall, the Cherry Point area and their Urban Growth Areas.

A burn ban is still in effect for properties protected by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources through September 30th. For more information, call 1-800-323-BURN.

Also, Lummi Island is under a burn ban until the Whatcom Chief Ferry is back in service, expectedly September 25th.

If you live in an area where open burning is allowed and want to have a fire you must call (360) 676-6934 to get up to date information. A verbal burn permit will also be issued at this number for fires up to 4 feet in diameter, meeting all criteria on the recording. All outdoor burning requires a burn permit, except legal recreational fires.

If you have any 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.