Burn ban lifted on recreational fires

The Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s office has lifted the ban on recreational fires in unincorporated county.

The increased rainfall in the county has been enough for the marshal to relax the burning restrictions, through the ban is still in place for burning yard debris.

In a press release from August 31, fire inspector Mitch Nolze said recreational fires up to 3 by 3 feet are now allowed, provided the fires are built with seasoned firewood or charcoal.

The fires must have an enclosure at least 16 inches high, made from steel or rock, and must have 15 feet of overhead clearance. Hand tools, a garden hose or two 5-gallon buckets of water must be present, and no burning will be allowed if the winds exceed 7 miles per hour.

Any violations of these rules could result in a $250 fine, or criminal charges if the fire escapes and needs to be extinguished by the fire department. For more information, visit co.whatcom.wa.us/381/Fire-Marshal.

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