Incident Hotline

Incident Hotline - Friday, August 16, 2019                      CHECK OUT OUR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT BLOG!

There are no active incidents at this time.  

Advisories, Watches and Warnings:

There are no advisories, watches or warnings for our area.  

Burn restrictions are in effect for unincorporated Whatcom County. You must check with the jurisdiction you are in to determine the extent of the restrictions.

Whatcom County Weather

Low level clouds will give way to mostly sunny skies today and partly cloudy skies tonight. Winds will continue to be on the lighter side from the west/southwest at 10 mph or less. Today’s high will top out around the 70 degree mark or a little higher; lows tonight will be around 59 degrees. Tomorrow we can expect more clouds to roll in and there will be slight chance of some showers but they will be spotty. The temperatures will be a few degrees cooler for tomorrow and Sunday and then the trend is for warmer temperatures early next week. By Sunday evening whatever showers still remain in the area will decrease even further.

The Nooksack River will see no river level changes.

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

Winds will be predominantly from the west/southwest at 15 knots or less with wind waves of two feet or less. As always, check marine weather before going out on the water for changes. Environment Canada does have a strong wind warning in effect for the Strait of Georgia where winds are 15-25 knots. Those winds should also be dying down a little later this morning if they have not already weakened. 

High Tide Readings for Cherry Point over the next several days are as follows: 

High tide today at Cherry Point will occur this evening at 7:59 pm – 9.0’

Saturday, August 17, 2019:  6:20 am – 7.3’ and 8:22 pm – 8.7’  

Sunday, August 18, 2019:  7:07am – 7.0’ and 8:44 pm – 8.7’

Monday, August 19, 2019:  7:58 am – 6.8’ and 9:07 pm – 8.6’

Tuesday, August 20, 2019:  8:54 am – 6.5’ and 9:30 pm – 8.4’

Emergency Preparedness

Catalytic converters on cars can become extremely hot; avoid driving through dry grassy areas as the heat from a catalytic converter can start a fire.

Do not leave children or pets inside vehicles. Temperatures will soar in a closed vehicle and have already claimed the lives of several children around the country. Just the other day a child was left in a car in Arizona where the outside temperature was 112 degrees. Thankfully, someone was there to act and the child survived.

Burn restrictions remain in effect for unincorporated Whatcom County. Land clearing and yard debris burning is not allowed and all burn permits have been rescinded. Recreational fires, while still allowed must meet specific restrictions which can be found on the Whatcom County website under burn ban. The Whatcom County information line for burning updates is 360.778.5903. Many agencies control 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. They do not fall under the authority of the Whatcom County Fire Marshal and so, if you find yourself in an area controlled by a different agency, you must check with that agency concerning any use of fire. There are also permanent burn bans within certain city limits and urban growth areas. See the following website for additional information:

Create a defensible space around your property to help prevent fire from reaching your home. See the Firewise USA program for additional information.

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