The weather is looking mild this week with a bit of rain to start it off. As it warms up and dries out, think about fire safety.
There are currently no active incidents in Whatcom County.
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.
Expect a wet and rainy start to the day on Monday as rain showers expected to arrive around 6am. Showers will then be expected through the rest of the morning hours before conditions briefly dry out around 11am. A secondary front will then arrive again beginning after 5-6pm allowing for a bit steadier rain showers through the evening hours. Showers look to then decrease and taper off around 9-10pm or by midnight for the interior routes allowing for mostly dry conditions through the night, however areas of spotty showers may be seen at times. Showers may continue at times during the day on Tuesday however will then dry out by the early afternoon hours roughly 3-4pm. Mild conditions expected throughout the rest of Tuesday.
Conditions look to largely dry out through the rest of the week and into the weekend. Though Wednesday morning there may be another low cloud layer that produces some drizzle in spots; not expecting very high accumulation. Temperatures look to begin rising again from about Friday onwards with the weekend seeing temperatures back into the upper 70s in spots.
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 5-15 knots becoming southeast 15-25 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves 2 feet or less building to 2-4 feet in the afternoon. Rain in the morning then a chance of rain in the afternoon. Moving into the evening, winds will come from the south at 10-20 knots becoming 5-15 after midnight. Wind waves 1-3 feet. Rain in the evening, then a slight chance of showers after midnight. Tomorrow winds come from the south at 10-20, becoming 5-15 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves will be 1-3 feet. Showers likely in the morning then a chance of showers in the afternoon. 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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