It is looking like our weather this week will be warm. As it warms up and dries out, think about fire safety.
We have a small wildland fire on Galbraith Mtn that started this morning. As of 0900 it is about 2 acres in size and WA Dept of Natural Resources is on scene and working on the fire. There is a lot of smoke and ash from the fire that people may notice.
There are no current advisories, watches or warnings in Whatcom County.
Whatcom County Fire Marshal has initiated a Stage 1 Burn Ban effective 0800 Friday, June 9. See here for more information.
A subject of note here is the Mt Baker Hwy closure which is affecting a large area of the county. Please visit the Whatcom County Public Works Road Closures and Restrictions page for more information.
Looks dry through Wednesday with no concerns expected. Skies will generally be mostly clear, but there could be some fog in spots early Tuesday morning. Winds will be a bit breezy at times, but winds should remain under 20 mph. Temperatures will be trending warmer each day Tuesday and Wednesday.
Looks dry through Saturday although a few rain showers are possible on Sunday. Showers may remain off to the N and W of the area, though. Temperatures cool off a bit on Thursday and Friday. Temperatures trend warmer again on Saturday before cooling off quite a bit on Sunday. Dry conditions return Monday, but a drizzle will be possible late Monday night into Tuesday.
The Nooksack River and stream levels in Whatcom County are normal for this time of year.
For the Strait and Inland Coastal Waters off Whatcom County today the wind will come from the south at 10 knots becoming westerly in the afternoon. Wind waves 1-2 feet. Moving into the evening, winds will come from the southwest at 10-20 knots becoming 5-15 knots after midnight. Wind waves 1-3 feet. Tomorrow winds come from the northwest at up to 10 knots. Wind waves will be 1 foot. For a look at real-time coastal weather and tides you can link here to the Cherry Point NOAA Tide Station.
Visit the Whatcom County Health Department's Wildfire Smoke for up-to-date information and air quality.
Learn the Fire Evacuation Levels
Level 1: Ready
A level one threat means it is time to prepare to evacuate. Review your emergency plan and evacuation routes, including plans for pets or livestock. Ensure your Go-Kit is packed and ready. Follow local news on TV, radio or social media.
Level 2: Get Set
A level two threat means the emergency is less predicable and you need to be ready to leave at any moment. If you have young children or vulnerable dependents you should leave now so you have time to evacuate safely. Keep monitoring the news for updates.
Level 3: Go
A level 3 alert means there is immediate, extreme danger in your area. Evacuate immediately.
Wildfire is a cause of concern for us all in the Evergreen State. While wildfire has historically played a crucial role in Washington's forest ecology, climate change and other factors have led to longer, more destructive fire seasons, which threaten communities throughout the state's diverse landscape. But there are a number of steps landowners can take to protect their property -- and their neighbors'.
Every year across our nation, some homes survive - while many others do not - after a major wildfire. Those that survive almost always do so because their owners had prepared for the eventuality of fire, which is an inescapable force of nature in fire-prone wildland areas.
You may also visit the National Fire Protection Association’s Preparing Homes for Wildfire website for additional information.
Tips For Home Landscaping In Dry Conditions
If your fire escapes, you will be responsible for paying for fire suppression personnel and equipment, as required by state law.
Additional Prevention Tips
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