The temperatures have been cooling as summer enters its dog days, but authorities are still enforcing a countywide burn ban.
The Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office announced August 5 that the outdoor burning restrictions implemented earlier this summer will remain in effect through September.
Whatcom County has been experiencing cooler and rainier weather, but fire danger is still present. According to fire inspector Mitch Nolze, the fuel moisture levels, or the amount of moisture absorbed by organic fuels like wood, have remained low despite the additional rainfall.
All outdoor fires, including yard debris, land clearing and recreational fires, are still restricted throughout the county. Propane and charcoal barbeques will still be allowed, so long as the charcoal and ashes are carefully disposed of. Charcoal and ashes should be discarded in metal containers and drowned with water. These containers must stay at least 10 feet from any man-made structures or trees for at least 72 hours.
Commercially available propane rings are still allowed, but the rings must be located at least 25 feet from any trees, brush or building, with a water source readily available. Any fires that produce embers are prohibited.
Any violations of the burn ban could result in a minimum $250 fine. Any illegal fires that escape their confines could result in criminal charges.
For more information, contact the Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s office at 360/778-5900.