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Dense fog advisory joins air stagnation advisory in Whatcom County

Heavy fog on Main Street in Ferndale (October 14, 2015). Photo: Whatcom News
Main Street in Ferndale seen through heavy fog (October 14, 2015). Photo: Whatcom News

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Officials with the National Weather Service’s Seattle office have issued a dense fog advisory today, Sunday, January 23rd, to warn of visibility of a quarter mile or less.

The advisory area extends from Whatcom County south through the Puget Sound lowlands and remains in effect until noon tomorrow, Monday.

A stagnate air advisory, forewarning of the potential for poor air quality, will also be in effect until noon Wednesday. Officials with the Northwest Clean Air Agency urge county residents to avoid or limit wood burning unless it is the only heat source.

A Stage 1 air quality burn ban in the Columbia Valley area of Maple Falls remains in effect. While in effect the following are not permitted.

  • No burning in fireplaces or uncertified woodstoves, unless it is the only adequate source of heat
  • No outdoor burning, even in areas where outdoor burning is not permanently banned
  • No visible smoke is allowed from any woodstove or fireplace, certified or not, beyond a 20-minute startup period
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