Fire marshal lifts Whatcom County burn ban

Published on Wed, Feb 12, 2014
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It’s OK to burn again, as long as you promise to be careful. 

Due to the recent rain and increase in fuel moisture levels, the Whatcom County fire marshal lifted the restrictions on all open burning in unincorporated Whatcom County on February 10. 

A temporary burn ban went into effect on February 7, after extended dry conditions in the area sparked concern that fires would be hazardous.

A permanent ban on open burning remains in effect in the cities of Bellingham, Lynden, Ferndale, Blaine, Everson, Nooksack, Sumas, Birch Bay, Kendall, the Cherry Point area and their urban growth areas.

A burn ban is still in effect for properties protected by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources through September 30. For more information, call 800/323-BURN.

If you live in an area where open burning is allowed and you want to have a fire, you must call 360/676-6934 to get up to date information. A verbal burn permit will also be issued at this number for fires up to 4 feet in diameter, meeting all criteria on the recording. All outdoor burning requires a burn permit, except legal recreational fires.

If you have any questions on open burning in Whatcom County, please contact the Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office at 360/676-6907.

Always use extreme caution and follow all regulations when burning.