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.
Currently there are no active incidents in Whatcom County.
Advisories, Watches and Warnings
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.
Weather Around Whatcom County
Whatcom County Inland Weather
Drizzle ends Tuesday morning. Remaining cloudy and damp through the morning hours on Tuesday. Spotty showers/drizzle remain a concern through the early afternoon before tapering off around 2-4p. Temps should warm into the upper 60s as we see some sun through the afternoon.
Dry and quiet Tuesday night, with temps generally falling into the low 50s. We may see some areas of fog near Bellingham Bay after midnight. We may see some drizzle again Wednesday morning, mostly before 10a. Rainfall totals will remain quite light. Drying out through the afternoon, as we see skies clear and ample sunshine. No additional weather concerns.
Looking dry and warmer through the end of the week. A few showers will threaten each afternoon, however these look to remain over the high terrain of the Cascades. Expecting temps to warm back into the mid to upper 70s each afternoon as well. Remaining dry and seasonably warm through the weekend into early next week.
Whatcom County Coastal Weather
For the Strait and Inland Coastal Waters off Whatcom County today the wind will come from the south at 5-15 knots. Wind waves 2 feet or less building to 2-4 feet in the afternoon. Slight chance of showers. Moving into the evening, winds will come from the southwest at 5-15 knots. Wind waves 2 feet or less. Tomorrow winds come from the south at 5-15 knots, becoming southwest at 10 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves will be 2 feet or less. Slight 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.
Emergency Management Tips and Reminders
Wildland Fire Tips
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.
DNR's Wildfire Ready Neighbors program and Community Resilience team are here to help you make your property more resistant to the growing danger of wildfire statewide. Go to WildfireReady.com to sign up for a free action plan and home wildfire assessment.
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
- Work in the mornings or late evenings to avoid the hottest parts of the day, and postpone your work when the weather calls for low humidity or high wind
- Keep a water hose or bucket or fire extinguisher on hand
- Use a nylon or plastic weed whacker line instead of metal
- Be careful not to set a hot tool down on dry grass or leaves
- Allow power engines to cool before refueling, and make sure the hot exhaust is kept away from dry grasses, weeds, and shrubs - only use such equipment that’s in good repair and has spark arresters installed. when applicable
- Stay home for an hour after finishing your work - this way you’ll be around to notice if anything begins to smolder and smoke
- If conditions are right for outdoor burning, keep your debris piles small and have a hose ready should your fire escape
If your fire escapes, you will be responsible for paying for fire suppression personnel and equipment, as required by state law.
- Campfires are allowed only when a campfire burn restriction is not in place
- Ensure there is a shovel and buckets of water close by
- Never walk away from a smoldering campfire.
- Put the fire out cold before leaving - if it's too hot to touch, it's too hot to leave
Additional Prevention Tips
- Be sure recreation vehicles have operating spark arrestors
- Do not park vehicles in dry, grassy areas as residual heat from exhaust systems can ignite the dry grass
- Know the current wildfire risk in your county, destination, or area you may be working in
- Learn more from our friend Smokey Bear
The Emergency Management Daily Briefing is produced Monday - Friday unless an update is required for an incident or event over a weekend or during holidays.