County-wideburn ban in effect

Published on Thu, Jul 12, 2007 by ara Nelson

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County-wide burn ban in effect

By Tara Nelson

Dry weather conditions and high temperatures have prompted Whatcom County fire officials to implement a burn ban beginning Wednesday, July 11 until otherwise noted.

The ban includes all outdoor burning with the exception of recreational and camp fires in an approved enclosure no larger than three feet in diameter, when winds do not exceed seven miles per hour and if water is available to extinguish the fire.

Approved enclosures for campfires may consist of cement block, stones, or #10 gauge steel, a minimum of 16-inch high and open on one side.

Material being burned must be lower than the sidewalls of the enclosure. A substitute enclosure for beach fires may be an 8-inch deep pit surrounded by 4-inch high stone walls.

The fire enclosure must be at least 20 feet from combustible materials. All fires must be completely extinguished prior to leaving.

For current burn ban information, call 676-6934. For residents who own property within the Department of Natural Resources jurisdiction, call 800/323-BURN.