A Stage 1 residential burn ban will go into effect starting 8am on Wednesday, July 5th in Whatcom County Fire District 17, serving Sandy Point Shores, Sandy Point Heights, Neptune Heights, Neptune Beach and western portions of the Lummi Indian Reservation.
Under a Stage 1 ban, all land clearing and yard debris fires are prohibited. But recreational camp fires are still permitted as long as they are less than 3 feet in diameter and located 25 feet away from structures or combustibles.
Mitch Nolze of the Whatcom County Deputy Fire Marshal’s Office told Discover Ferndale to expect other districts to do the same within the next couple weeks. “We are monitoring fuel moisture levels,” Nolze said.
The burn bans are due to a lack of measurable rainfall over the past weeks combined with the lack of rain in the extended weather forecast. The lack of rain results in a drop in the moisture levels in natural fuels such as brush and grasses which increases the potential for rapid fire spread.
Last year, WCFD17 began a burn ban July 25th and Whatcom County Fire Marshal issued a burn ban on July 26th.
Anyone with questions about the WCFD17 burn ban should call the fire district office at 360-384-1480.