Whatcom County – Effective 8am Wednesday, June 17th Burn Ban In Effect

Due to the hot weather conditions ahead and low fuel moisture levels, the Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office will be enacting restrictions on all open burning for unincorporated Whatcom County starting 8 a.m. Wednesday, June 17th.

All land clearing and yard debris burning must be discontinued at that time.

Recreational fires will still be allowed in designated campgrounds and on improved properties with the landowner’s permission. To find out the requirements for an approved enclosure and to hear current burn ban conditions, 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, as well as criminally charged for Reckless Burning.

Washington State Department of Natural Resources Fire Danger Level:  MODERATE

Requirements for recreational fires:

RECREATIONAL FIRE/CAMPFIRE

  • UP TO 3’ X 3’ OF SEASONED FIREWOOD OR CHARCOAL ONLY
  • MUST HAVE ENCLOSURE 16” HIGH, MADE OF STEEL OR CEMENT BLOCKS
  • **ALTERNATE FOR BEACH FIRES (WHERE ALLOWED) IS 8” DEEP PIT WITH  4” HIGH STONE WALL AROUND**
  • 25 FT. FROM STRUCTURES, TIMBER, COMBUSTIBLE MATERIAL
  • GARDEN HOSE OR (2) 5-GALLON BUCKETS OF WATER AT FIRE
  • HAND TOOLS REQUIRED ON-SITE
  • ALLOWED AFTER DARK WHILE ATTENDED
  • FIRES MUST BE ATTENDED UNTIL OUT COLD AND DOUSED WITH WATER
  • NO BURNING WHEN WINDS EXCEED 7 MPH

Source: http://www.whatcomcounty.us/690/Open-Burning