Burn ban lifted for parts of Whatcom County

Recent rainfall has reduced the danger of outdoor burning in locations throughout Whatcom County. On September 27, the Whatcom County Fire Marshal removed a ban on outdoor burning for unincorporated areas in the county.

Moving forward, the public can apply for permits, both on the phone and in writing, for fires that exceed 4’x4′. All outdoor burning requires a permit, unless it’s a recreational fire.

Despite the ease of restrictions on burning, the fire marshal warns that open burning is still permanently banned in Bellingham, Lynden, Ferndale, Blaine, Everson, Nooksack, Sumas, Birch Bay, Kendall, areas close to Cherry Point and other urban growth areas in Whatcom  county.

Fines can exceed $250 for those who do not abide by the law. To stay up-to-date on existing burn restrictions, call the burn information line at 360/778-5903.

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