As of August 17, open fires are no longer allowed in Whatcom County.
Wain Harrison, Whatcom County deputy fire marshal, said hot weather and dry conditions have necessitated restrictions on open fires for all of Whatcom County. “As long as we have this hot, dry weather, the burn ban is going to remain in place,” he said.
Recreational fires in pre-approved areas, such as campgrounds, are still allowed. These fires must be less than 3 feet in diameter, burn seasoned firewood or charcoal and be built in an approved fire enclosure.
Violating the burn restrictions could result in a $250 fine. Additionally, Harrison said anyone who sets a banned fire that gets out of control and requires a fire department response would be responsible for the firefighting costs and any damage the fire might cause.
For more information, call 676-6934.