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Sandy Point and Lummi Island Fire Districts to implement total burn bans (stage 2)

Lummi Island fire danger level sign (May 2022). Photo courtesy of Whatcom County Fire District 11

SANDY POINT, Wash. — Whatcom County Fire District 17 (WCFD17) and Lummi Island Fire District (WCFD11) announced this week that all outdoor burning, including recreational campfires and beach fires, will be temporarily banned effective 8am, Friday, July 7th.

Today’s announcements were due to “current fuel moisture levels and expected continued warm summer weather,” according to WCFD11 Fire Chief Michael Lish. WCFD17 Fire Chief Jim Petrie also cited the current extreme dry conditions.

WCFD17, which serves Sandy Point Shores, Sandy Point Heights, Neptune Heights, Neptune Beach and western portions of the Lummi Indian Reservation, maintains a constant Stage 1 burn ban prohibiting all outdoor burning except for recreational campfires and beach fires. This total burn ban will supersede that while in effect.

Under Stage 2 burn bans, gas campfires, gas and charcoal grills, pressurized gas stoves and fully enclosed smokers continue to be allowed.

Violations of outdoor burning restrictions can result in response fees starting at $250.

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