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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: July 12, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Tuesday, July 12, 2022 Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Sunny skies with warm temperatures today. Highs will reach the low to mid-80s in the interior parts of the county but stay in the upper 70s to around 80 along the coast. Winds light from the southwest; Pt Roberts expect northwest gusts 21-24 mph. Lows-50s

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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.



SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 3 AM PDT WEDNESDAY for southwest winds 15-25 knots.  Where: Northern Inland Waters Including The San Juan Islands.

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

It appears temperatures will bounce around a little more this week than originally anticipated. We're going to be warm today but not quite as warm along the coast as forecast yesterday. High temperatures along the coast will  still reach the mid to upper 70s and interior parts of the county will still climb to the mid 80s today but then tomorrow, we'll see a drop of 5-10 degrees. Expect the skies to be clear and there will some west/northwest wind in Point Roberts through tomorrow with gusts to 24 mph or so.  Everyone else will see lighter winds, especially the interior parts of the county.  A few clouds overnight will occur but the lows will still drop into the mid-50s or so. On Thursday, the temperatures may make a little bit of a bounce upward before dropping back again on Friday.  There are no fronts or storm systems on the horizon, and we'll see sun everyday with mostly clear skies at night.  Lows will continue to bounce between the low to mid-50s.

Rivers and Streams 

The Nooksack River level is steady with no changes forecast for the next five days.  Be very careful if planning any activity in the water as cold water shock or hypothermia can occur quickly.  Wear a life jacket.  Remember, you can always go to the Public Works website to check the river levels -

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

High pressure over the coastal waters with lower  pressure inland will give varying degrees of onshore flow through  Thursday. A weakening front will fall apart over the coastal  waters Friday. High pressure will rebuild over the coastal waters Saturday.  Winds.  TODAY W wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less.  TONIGHT SW wind 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft. Patchy fog  after midnight.  WED W wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. Patchy fog in  the morning.  WED NIGHT S wind 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft.  THU S wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less.   

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Emergency Management Tips and Reminders

Cars and Hot Temperatures

Every year a number of children and pets perish because they are left in vehicles due to high temperatures.  It is absolutely critical that everyone understand how rapidly a car can heat up.  The following shows the effects after only ten minutes.

At 70 degrees, a car will heat to 89 degrees in ten minutes.

At 75 degrees, a car will heat to 94 degrees in ten minutes

At 80 degrees, a car will heat to 99 degrees in ten minutes

At 85 degrees, a car will heat to 104 degree in ten minutes

At 90 degrees, a car will heat to 109 degrees in ten minutes

At 95 degrees, a car will heat to 114 degrees in ten minutes.

BOTTOM LINE:  Do not leave children or pets in vehicles.

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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