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County Upgrades to “Complete Burn Ban”

Two weeks ago Whatcom County implemented a Burn Ban that restricted most types of outdoor fires. That ban is being upgraded to a “Complete Burn Ban” effective today, June 29th, at noon.

According to Whatcom County’s website:

Effective Noon, Monday June 29th, 2015 A Complete Burn Ban Is In Effect

Due to unprecedented dry weather conditions and increased fire danger, Fire Marshal/Planning Director Sam Ryan has ordered restrictions on all open burning, effective 12:00 PM Monday, June 29, 2015 in conjunction with a statewide burn ban by the Department of Natural Resources for all state lands.

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All outdoor burning is prohibited during this ban, including yard debris fires, land clearing fires, and recreational fires.

Barbecues will still be allowed, but care should be used in the disposal of any charcoal and ashes. Charcoal and ash should be discarded in a metal container and dowsed with water. The container should be kept 10 feet from any structures or trees for 72 hours.

Governor Jay Inslee has also declared a State of Emergency for all Washington Counties due to the large fire potential. He also has strongly urged people to not use fireworks and find other ways of celebrating the Fourth of July holiday.

Consumer grade fireworks are covered under a separate RCW than outdoor burning and are not prohibited; however, we support Governor Inslee’s recommendation and encourage the community to attend local public fireworks displays.

Recreational fires as mentioned include campfires, even those in fire pits in your yard.


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