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Posted on: July 24, 2020

Burn Ban Restrictions Effective 8:00am, Monday, July 27, 2020

All land clearing and yard debris burning must be discontinued at that time and all issued burn permits are suspended.

Recreational Fires will still be allowed with the landowner’s permission.  Please see our website for the rules for Recreational Fires.

Violations of these burn restrictions can result in a minimum $250.00 fine.  In addition, if you have a fire that escapes or needs to be extinguished by the fire department, you may be held financially responsible for fire suppression costs, as well as be criminally charged.

If your property lies within Whatcom County Fire Districts (WCFD) 5- Pt. Roberts, 11- Lummi Island, or 17- Sandy Point, you must check with those fire districts for outdoor burning restrictions and to obtain outdoor burning permits (when available).

If your property lies within, or you are visiting property that is fire protected by Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), or a federal parks or forest agency, you must contact those organizations about outdoor burning restrictions.

If you have any questions on open burning in unincorporated Whatcom County, please contact the Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office at 360-778-5900 or visit our website at: http://www.whatcomcounty.us/FireMarshal.  You must phone our Outdoor Burning Information Line every time you burn in Whatcom County:  360-778-5903.

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