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.
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 an update to burn restrictions for unincorporated Whatcom County. Beginning 5:00pm today (Friday, September, 3rd, 2021) recreations fires will once again be allowed. There are still requirements for having recreational fires and they can be found at the following site: https://www.whatcomcounty.us/381/Fire-Marshal. You can call 360.778.5903 for current outdoor burning information.**
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.
Expect increasing clouds today with some light winds ranging form 5-15 mph from a southerly directions. Tonight will see lows in the 50s. While the cloud cover will sort of break up this evening, they will return tomorrow and the chance for some precipitation will increase throughout the day. The greatest chance for rain will be tomorrow night but there could be some lingering showers on Sunday. Temperatures on Saturday will be a little cooler than today but will be around 70 for most locations. Heading into Sunday night, clouds will begin to dissipate and by the time Labor Day rolls around, skies should be clear and temperatures will be on the rise. As a matter of fact, Maprle Falls and Sumas could see 80 plus or minus a few degrees by Tuesday.
Rivers and Streams
Flows within the rivers and streams of Whatcom County are normal; expect them to continue to flow steady at current levels.
Light onshore flow continues today as a weak surface ridge remains over the coastal waters. A weak frontal system will approach the coastal waters on Saturday. High pressure then rebuild over the area early next week. Winds: Today: SE wind 5-15 knots becoming S in the afternoon. Wind waves 2' or less. Tonight: SW wind 5-15 Knots becoming SE after midnight. Wind waves 2' or less. Tomorrow: SE wind 5-15 knots becoming S to 10 nots in the afternoon. Wind waves 2' or less. A slight chance of rain in the morning then a chance of rain in the afternoon. Tomorrow Night. NE wind to 10 knots becoming S after midnight. Wind waves 1' or less. Sunday: SW wind to 10 knots. Wind waves 1' or less. Sunday Night: S wind 5-15 knots. Wind waves 2' or less.
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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