On August 18th, Governor Inslee ordered a statewide mask mandate. 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 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: https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/gbi-rgf-eng.html.
**The Whatcom County Fire Marshal has issued an update to burn restrictions for unincorporated Whatcom County. Recreations fires are once again allowed (information - https://www.whatcomcounty.us/381/Fire-Marshal. 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.
The next three days look to be partly sunny during the day as well as partly cloudy at night. Daytime highs will be near 70 degrees all three days in the lower areas of the county and a few degrees cooler in the higher elevations. For example, Newhalem will sit around 65 today and 60 Saturday and Sunday. Bellingham and Sumas will be around 70 all three days. Nighttime lows will be in the mid-50s or a little cooler for everyone. The chance for any precipitation will limit itself to the higher elevations where there is a 20-30% chance and Point Roberts where there will be a 40% chance on Saturday. Nothing in the forecast for the rest of us. For winds, they will be from a southerly direction leaning a little to the east or west depending on where you are. Point Roberts will see the stronger winds where tomorrow there could be some gusts to 20 mph from the south.
Rivers and Streams
Flows within the rivers and streams of Whatcom County are normal; expect them to continue to flow steady at current levels.
A weak weather system will move inland today and another weak front will reach the area on Saturday. Low level onshore flow will continue. Another weak front will arrive around next Tuesday. Winds. Today: S wind 5-15 knots. Wind waves 2' or less. A slight chance of showers in the morning. Tonight: S wind 10-20 knots. Wind waves 1-3'. A slight chance of showers after midnight. Tomorrow: S wind 5-15 knots. Wind waves 2' or less. A chance of showers. Tomorrow Night: NE wind to 10 knots becoming SW after midnight. Wind waves 2' or less. Sunday: W wind 5-15 knots. Wind waves 2' or less. Sunday Night: SW wind 5-15 knots becoming W 10-20 knots after midnight. Wind waves 1-3'.
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.
A basic emergency supplies kit could include the following items:
Visit Ready.gov 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.