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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: June 16, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Thursday, June 16, 2022 Emergency Management Daily Briefing

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Sever Weather Damage 21-18 Emergency Proclamation by the Governor:  Covers the severe wind and rainstorm event that began on November 12, 2021.



Environment Canada has issued a "Strong Wind Warning" for the Strait of Georgia-South of Nanaimo. Wind light increasing to northwest 5-15 knots this evening and to northwest 15-20 knots late overnight.  Wind increasing to northwest 20-20 knots Friday morning then diminishing to northwest 15-20 knots near noon Friday . Wind diminishing to light Friday afternoon then becoming southeast 5-10 knots Friday.
SR-20 (North Cascade Highway) is open; however, there are several areas that will need to have emergency repairs this spring/summer/fall.  Traffic control lights are placed at those locations.  Long delays should be expected especially over long weekends and holidays.  In addition to emergency repairs there are areas where normal road maintenance is scheduled along with several culvert replacements for fish passage.  Check WSDOT website for current conditions before traveling.

Inland Whatcom County Weather

The National Weather Service continues to forecasts some showers and rain for our area thru Sunday night. We're not looking for any washouts, but it will be wet. Temperatures will continue to climb to eh mid to upper 60s with lows in the low 50s.  Wind will not be a problem, but Point Roberts will see some gusts to 22 mph both Friday and Saturday. There will likely be a few breaks in the clouds which will allow the sun to pop through, but the overall trend is towards shows with occasional rain.  Monday has the chance for partly to mostly cloudy skies.

Rivers and Streams

Overall trend of the river and stream level is lower over the next week. Biggest concern would be the Nooksack River temperature as the snowmelt will keep the river water very cold. Be very careful if planning any activity in the water as hypothermia can occur quickly.   Remember, you can always go to the Public Works website and check the river levels -

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

A surface low offshore will move well south of  the area today, however weak low pressure over the area waters will  continue to promote calm conditions. An increase of onshore flow  will occur on Friday and then ease again on Saturday. High  pressure will then build over the waters Sunday into Monday.  Winds. Today: S wind to 10 kt becoming 5 to 15 kt in the afternoon.  Wind waves 1 to 2 ft. A slight chance of rain in the morning. A  chance of showers and a slight chance of tstms in the afternoon. Tonight: SW wind 5 to 15 kt becoming NW after midnight. Wind  waves 1 to 2 ft. Tomorrow: NW wind 15 to 25 kt easing to 10 to 20 kt in the  afternoon. Wind waves 1 to 4 ft. A slight chance of rain in the  afternoon.  Tomorrow Night: SW wind 10 to 20 kt. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. 

Note: The forecast shows 15-25 knot winds for tomorrow. No Small Craft Advisory has been issued as of this time, but loo for one to be issued later today or tonight. Monitor marine weather for updates.

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Emergency Management Tips and Reminders

Wildfire Preparedness

While we have been extremely fortunate concerning the risk for wildfire to date, things could change rapidly with dry, hot weather. Now is the time to inventory your home environment to see what wildfire risks you can mitigate against.  To that extent, the following information was taken from the National Fire Protection Agency on wildfire preparedness. Additional information about the wildfires and the Firewise program can be found at the NFPA website:

1. HOME IGNITION ZONES:  To increase your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire, choose fire-resistant building materials and limit the amount of flammable vegetation in the three home ignition zones. The zones include the Immediate Zone: (0 to 5 feet around the house), the Intermediate Zone (5 to 30 feet), and the Extended Zone (30 to 100 feet).

2. LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE:  To reduce ember ignitions and fire spread, trim branches that overhang the home, porch, and deck and prune branches of large trees up to 6 to 10 feet (depending on their height) from the ground. Remove plants containing resins, oils, and waxes. Use crushed stone or gravel instead of flammable mulches in the Immediate Zone (0 to 5 feet around the house). Keep your landscape in good condition.

3. ROOFING AND VENTS:  Class A fire-rated roofing products, such as composite shingles, metal, concrete, and clay tiles, offer the best protection. Inspect shingles or roof tiles and replace or repair those that are loose or missing to prevent ember penetration. Box in eaves, but provide ventilation to prevent condensation and mildew. Roof and attic vents should be screened to prevent ember entry.

4. DECKS AND PORCHES:  Never store flammable materials underneath decks or porches. Remove dead vegetation and debris from under decks and porches and between deck board joints.

5. SIDING AND WINDOWS:  Embers can collect in small nooks and crannies and ignite combustible materials; radiant heat from flames can crack windows. Use fire-resistant siding such as brick, fibercement, plaster, or stucco, and use dual-pane tempered glass windows.

6. EMERGENCY RESPONDER ACCESS:  Ensure your home and neighborhood have legible and clearly marked street names and numbers. Driveways should be at least 12 feet wide with a vertical clearance of 15 feet for emergency vehicle access.


  • Develop, discuss, and practice an emergency action plan with everyone in your home. Include details for handling pets, large animals, and livestock.
  • Know two ways out of your neighborhood and have a predesignated meeting place.
  • Always evacuate if you feel it’s unsafe to stay—don’t wait to receive an emergency notification if you feel threatened from the fire.
  • Conduct an annual insurance policy checkup to adjust for local building costs, codes, and new renovations. n Create or update a home inventory to help settle claims faster.



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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