Incident Hotline

Incident Hotline - Tuesday, July 23, 2019                      CHECK OUT OUR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT BLOG!

Advisories, Watches and Warnings:

- There are no advisories, watches or warnings for our area at this time. 

- Burn restrictions remain in effect for unincorporated Whatcom County.  Land clearing and yard debris burning is not allowed until the restriction is lifted and all issued burn permits are considered suspended.  Recreational fires are still allowed subject to the restrictions listed in the announcement which can be found on the Whatcom County website.  Keep in mind, you need to check with other agencies for fire restrictions including fire districts, Lummi Island, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Washington State Parks, United States Forest Service, North Cascades National Park, and other jurisdictions as they do not fall under the authority of the Whatcom County Fire Marshal.

Whatcom County Weather:

Today will be a little cooler than yesterday along with partly cloudy skies. We can expect temperatures just crossing into the 70s along with a slight breeze form a southerly direction around 10 mph or a little higher. Tonight’s lows will again be in the mid 50s with winds from the south; they will be a little stronger this evening and Bellingham could see a few gusts around 20mph. There is also a slight chance of a chance for a shower across the county both tonight and tomorrow. Tomorrow’s high temperatures will be a few degrees warmer than today and winds from the south again in the 10-15 mph range with Sumas perhaps seeing gusts to 20mph or so. Tomorrow night's lows will drop to the mid-50s again. Thursday should be a mostly sunny day with temperatures in the mid-70s or even a little warmer especially in Sumas and NewHalem. 

The Nooksack River level has leveled off and there will not be much of a change in the flow.

Coastal Weather for Lummi Nation, Birch Bay, Lummi Island, Strait of Georgia, Pt. Roberts, Bellingham, and Blaine 

For Coastal Whatcom County, winds today will be out of the southwest in the 5-15 knot range and a little stronger this evening.  Winds waves will be in the one to three foot range.  Tomorrow winds will continue from the south around 10-20 knots with wind waves of one to three feet. 

High tide today for Cherry Point at 9:59am this morning will be 5.5’ and then at 11:04pm it will be 8.8’.

Wednesday,  July 24, 2019:  11:31am – 5.3’ and 11:30pm – 8.6’

Thursday,  July 25, 2019:  1:14pm – 5.5’  and 11:58pm – 8.5’

Friday,  July 26, 2019:  3:00pm – 6.2’

Saturday,  July 27, 2019:  12:28am – 8.4’ and 4:21pm – 7.0’

Emergency Preparedness

First, emergency preparedness is more than a phrase.  It means having a plan to reconnect with your family if separated during a disaster.  It also means having a “go kit” with your important papers, medications, and other items at your fingertips in case you have to leave your home quickly.  There are many resources to help you prepare for an emergency and our office has numerous materials to aid you in your effort. 

Second, don’t leave children or pets inside a vehicle alone.  Temperatures inside a vehicle will reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit in 25 minutes when the outside temperature is only 73 degrees Fahrenheit.”  There have been several incidents around the country where this has occurred, don’t let it happen to you. 

Third, remember to check on fire restrictions.  The Whatcom County information line for burning updates is 360.778.5903. Don’t forget there are numerous jurisdictions that do not fall under the authority of the Whatcom County Fire Marshal and you must check with that agency for their burn restrictions.  If you have any questions, please contact the fire marshal’s office.  There are also permanent burn bans within certain city limits and urban growth areas.  See the following website for additional information:   

And finally, check out the National Fire Protection Association website and the Firewise USA program.  Landscaping around your home can have a huge impact on how fire will behave if it reaches your home.  

Remember, think safety and be prepared!  This hotline is not updated on weekends unless an incident occurs.

Contact: Wallace Kost, 360.778.7165, Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management