Whatcom County Fire Marshall’s Office Press Release
Outdoor burning restrictions will be reduced starting at_12:00 PM_the_2nd__day of _September__, by order of Whatcom County Deputy Fire Marshal Wain Harrison. This modification of the burning restrictions will allow for recreational fires again. All other outdoor burning is still banned until further notice, including yard debris and land clearing fires.
**In addition, a full burn ban remains in effect for all of Lummi Island. For Lummi Island information please contact Fire District 11 at http://lummiislandfire.com/ or call 360-758-2411.**
For current outdoor burning information please call 778-5903 or visit our website (http://www.co.whatcom.wa.us/381/Fire-Marshal). The requirements for a recreational fire and updated outdoor burning information are available on that line.
If property falls under the jurisdiction of the Washington Department of Natural Resources, please call 1-800-323-BURN for burn ban information.
Please remember as outdoor burning restrictions are reduced:
* Recreational fire requirements:
o Up to 3 feet by 3 feet of seasoned firewood or charcoal only
o Must have enclosure 16 inches high, made of steel or masonry / rockery
o 25 feet from structures, timber, and combustible material
o 15 feet overhead clearance required
o Garden hose or (2) 5-gallon buckets of water at fire
o Hand tools required onsite
o Allowed after dark if attended until fire is out cold
o No burning when winds exceed 7 MPH
* Violations of these burn restrictions can result in a minimum $250.00 fine. Repeat violators should be reported to the Fire Marshal’s Office for enforcement.
* All other types of outdoor burning are still banned until further notice.