On August 18th, Governor Inslee brought back a statewide mask mandate and also broached a mandatory vaccine issue. Please see the Governor's website at the following URL: https://www.governor.wa.gov/
COVID-19 - The “Proclamation of Emergency” signed by the Whatcom County Executive concerning COVID-19 remains in effect.
The U.S. has extended an order closing the shared border to nonessential traffic until at least September 21, 2021. Canada will allow fully vaccinated Americans to visit Canada beginning August 9th. However, there are several additional requirements you need to be aware of. See Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) for additional requirements: https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/gbi-rgf-eng.html.
I-5 Southbound Closure: Travelers on southbound Interstate 5 in Bellingham should plan to use alternate routes – including a signed detour – and allow for extra time during overnight full closures on Sunday, Aug. 29, and Monday, Aug. 30. Southbound I-5 will be closed between Meridian Street/Bellis Fair Mail Parkway and Sunset Drive both nights. On Sunday, Aug. 29 and Monday, Aug. 30:
The Whatcom County Fire Marshal has issued a Stage 2 Burn Ban for unincorporated Whatcom County; it will remain in effect until further notice . For more information, see the following site for more information about this announcement: https://www.whatcomcounty.us/381/Fire-Marshal
Governor Inslee has issued an Emergency Proclamation titled "Wildfires-Burn Ban". This burn ban "imposes a temporary outdoor burn ban by prohibiting all outdoor and agricultural burning in all 39 Washington Counties until noon on Thursday September 30, 2021." Of equal importance is another phrase in the proclamation: "Nothing in this order supersedes more restrictive provision of the counties, municipalities, fire districts, other political subdivision, or public or private landowners." If you review Whatcom County's Stage 2 Burn Ban you will see it IS more restrictive. Additionally, national park service, US Forest Service, Department of Natural Resources, individual fire districts, etc. have their own set of rules which you must review and comply with.
American citizens and permanent residents of the United States, who currently reside in the U.S. and who qualify as fully vaccinated travelers, will be able to enter Canada for discretionary travel starting August 9. Details can be obtained by visiting https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/services/covid/menu-eng.html . There are additional requirements for travel so see the CBSA website.
State Route 9: Intermittent single lane closures continuing through the month of August and possibly into September just south of Acme. Expect some delays during this time. as crews continue to complete the project. WSDOT has been committed to fish barrier correction for more than three decades. A single removed barrier can deliver impressive benefits improving fish habitat both upstream and downstream. Interested in learning more about fish passages, check out our latest fish passage annual report.
Showers and drizzle will move out of the area as the day draws on. Temperatures will remain on the cooler side with a little breeze from the west or south. We can expect 60s is the lower elevations but there will be some 50s in the Newhalem area. Lows will be in the 50s as well. Newhalem will get close to 50 degrees and it would not be surprising for a few upper 40 degrees readings toshow up. Tomorrow and Sunday, temperatures will warm up to the low to mid-70s and then drop back again in the evening to the mid or lower 50s. By Monday and Tuesday, temperatures will again begin to move a little lower and the highs will be the mid to upper 60s. Skies will be partly cloudy to mostly sunny during this period. Continue to be vigilant concerning the potential for wildfire. The moisture helps but is not enough to change the conditions yet.
Rivers and Streams
Flows within the rivers and streams of Whatcom County are normal; expect them to continue to flow steady at current levels.
High pressure rebuilds offshore over the weekend and into the start of next week, brining a return of northwest winds over the coastal waters and west winds through the Strait of Juan de Fuca each evening. The next front approaches the waters later Monday. Winds. Today: SW wind 5-15 knots becoming S to 10 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves 2' or less. A slight chance of showers. Tonight. S wind to 10 knots. Wind waves 1' or less. Tomorrow: Light wind becoming W to 120 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves 1' or less. Patchy dense for in the morning. Tomorrow Night. W wind to 10 knots becoming S after midnight. Wind waves 1' or less. Sunday: SW wind to 10 knots becoming W in the afternoon. Wind waves 1' or less. Sunday Night: SW wind 10-20 knots Wind waves 1-3'.
Emergency Management Tips and Reminders
Fuels are dry with lower humidity and temperatures that can be expected to reach into the 80s. Know what your local jurisdictions restrictions are concerning recreational fires, barbeques, etc. by checking your local jurisdictions website or contacting your local fire district. For unincorporated Whatcom County residents visit the Whatcom County Fire Marshal's website at https://www.whatcomcounty.us/381/Fire-Marshal.
See Advisories, Watches, and Warnings above for new or updated fire hazard restrictions (e.g. Stage 2 Burn Ban; Governor Inslee Wildfire Emergency Proclamation).
Information concerning face coverings and other protective actions can be found on the Whatcom County Health Department Website.
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