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:
Small Craft Advisory: Small Craft Advisory in effect from 5:00pm this afternoon to 3:00am Tuesday morning for southwest winds 15-25 knots.
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.
The work begins on the cooler side with highs today in the mid-60s or cooler (Newhalem will be in thhe mid-50s). Newhalem has a small chance for a shower this morning. Clouds should break up somewhat and the increase overnight once again. Lows tonight will be in the low 50s and Maple Falls and Newhalem will be in the mid-40s. We'll also experience some wind from the southwest with some places seeing gusts to 20 mph. Mostly, the wind will be in the 10 mph range. Tomorrow will be about the same as today. There is the possibility of a shower near the foothills. When we get to Wednesday we'll start to see slightly warmer temperatures and they will climb just a little bit more by Friday. Sumas could see 80 degrees on Friday; everyone else should be a little cooler.
Rivers and Streams
Flows within the rivers and streams of Whatcom County are normal; expect them to continue to flow steady at current levels.
Winds expected to increase ass several weak fronts move through the area today and Tuesday. Wins ease from mid-week onward over most waters, with diurnal pushes through the Strait of Juan de Fuca each afternoon and evening resulting in advisory level winds. Today: S wind 10-20 knots. Wind waves 1-3' Tonight: SW wind 15-25 knots. Wind waves 2-4'. Tomorrow: SW wind 5-15 knots. Wind wavers 2' or less. A slight chance of showers in the morning. Tomorrow Night. S winbd 15-25 knots easing to 10-20 knots after midnight. Wind waves 2-4' subsiding to 1-3 after midnight.
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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