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Recreational fires allowed again but county-wide burn ban remains

Backyard recreational campfire file photo. Whatcom News

FERNDALE, Wash. — Officials with the Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office announced today, September 23rd, that as of 5pm today, recreational fires would again be allowed in unincorporated areas of Whatcom County. The decision is “due to the increase in fuel moisture levels and recent rain.” 

The temporary “Stage 2” burn ban was begun September 10th that restricted recreational fires in addition to restrictions already in place from a temporary “Stage 1” burn ban begun on July 23rd.

The Stage 1 burn ban continues for now but is expected to be lifted at 8am on October 1st, “if the current weather predictions continue,” according to today’s announcement. This means restrictions on open burning remain in place including yard debris and land clearing fires.

Recreational fires (e.g. campfires) are allowed only if less than 2-feet in diameter, be at least 25 feet from structures, burn only seasoned firewood or charcoal and there is a charged garden hose or 10 gallons of water with a bucket nearby. All fires must be cold to touch prior to leaving alone and no burning is allowed when winds exceed 7mph.

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