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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: September 7, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Tuesday, September 07, 2021 Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Active Incidents

On August 18th, Governor Inslee ordered a statewide mask mandate.  Please see the Governor's website at the following URL:

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 allows fully vaccinated Americans to visit Canada however, there are several additional requirements you need to be aware of.  See Canada Border Services Agency for additional requirements:

Advisories, Watches and Warning

**The Whatcom County Fire Marshal has issued an update to burn restrictions for unincorporated Whatcom County.  Recreations fires are once again allowed (information -  You can call 360.778.5903.

Governor Inslee has issued an Emergency Proclamation titled "Wildfires-Burn Ban".  This burn ban is good until noon on Thursday September 30, 2021." 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.

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.   

Inland Weather

Dry conditions across the area today with warmer temperatures.  High clouds will drift across the region through the day, with mostly clear skies otherwise.  Clouds then increase tonight with a wave of light rain arriving around 3-4 AM.  Steady rain then through the rest of the night and into Wednesday morning.  The steadier rain will break into scattered showers and thunderstorms around 6-7 AM.  These scattered showers and storms will taper off later on in the morning, likely by 9-10 AM.  The rest of Wednesday will just be dry with skies partially clearing out.  Temperatures won't be as warm on Wednesday.  Dry Wednesday night with clouds increasing through the night.  Patchy fog may be possible late night as well. Winds remain generally light today through Wednesday.  Winds then become very light Wednesday night.

Rivers and Streams

Flows within the rivers and streams of Whatcom County are normal; expect them to continue to flow steady at current levels.

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

High pressure will build over the area and remain in place into Tuesday. Another frontal system will approach area waters on Wednesday for stronger winds over the coastal waters and through the Strait of Juan de Fuca. High pressure rebuilds over the area for the remainder of the week.


High Tide
Low Tide
September 07, 202105107.4
September 07, 20211202
September 07, 202118568.2
September 08, 20210033
September 08, 202106067.4
September 08, 20211240
September 08, 202119178.3
September 09, 20210114

Emergency Management Tips and Reminders

It is National Preparedness Month and now is the time to Build a Kit...

After an emergency, you may need to rely on yourself and your household or community for several days. It’s important to have supplies set aside and ready to use, including water, non-perishable food, medications, first aid kit, copies of important paperwork, and additional items.

When building a kit, make sure to have one wherever you spend much of the time (e.g. home, work, car). Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have, such as medications or medical equipment, in case you have to evacuate quickly. 

Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

A basic emergency supplies kit could include the following items:

  • Water
  • Food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle
  • Dust or N-95 mask
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties
  • Wrench or pliers
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Visit for a complete list of recommended emergency supplies.


Information concerning face coverings and other protective actions can be found on the Whatcom County Health Department Website.

These Daily Briefings on Incidents, Advisories, Watches and Warnings, current weather and Emergency Management tips are published Monday through Friday, as well as during times of increased awareness or actual events.

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