County fire marshal announces burn restrictions due to hot weather

Published on Fri, Aug 17, 2012 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Fires to clear land and destroy yard debris are no longer allowed in Whatcom County, effective at 8 this morning.

The Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office has announced restrictions on open fires due to recent hot temperature and low moisture levels in fire fuel across the county, according to a fire marshal media release. The restrictions started at 8 a.m. on Friday, August 17, and will last indefinitely.

The restrictions ban burning to clear property or to destroy yard waste, but recreational fires in pre-approved areas, such as campgrounds, are still allowed. Recreational fires must be less than 3 feet in diameter, burn seasoned firewood or charcoal and be built in an approved fire enclosure.

Violating the burn restrictions could result in a $250 fine. Violators could also be held financially responsible for the cost of firefighters extinguishing an illegal fire that gets out of control.

For more information on the regulations, click here.


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