WHATCOM COUNTY FIRE MARSHAL’S OFFICE
NEWS RELEASE

Dry conditions will again call for outdoor burn restrictions. 


Whatcom County – Due to the continued warm weather conditions and increase in 
wildland fire incidents, the Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office has again enacted 
restrictions on open burning in unincorporated Whatcom County effective 
immediately. The recent rain did not have much impact on grasses and other light 
fuels as hoped, so warm weather and winds easily dry those materials and make 
them vulnerable to fire spread. 

All land clearing and yard debris burning must be discontinued at this time. If you 
have a current burn permit, it is suspended until the ban is lifted. Contact the Fire 
Marshal’s Office for specific details. 

Recreational fires will still be allowed in designated campgrounds and on improved 
properties with the landowner’s permission. Recreational fires are fires that are 
less than 3 feet in diameter, burning only seasoned firewood or charcoal, and are 
built in an approved fire enclosure. To find out the requirements for an approved 
enclosure please call the burn ban information line at (360) 778-5903. These 
restrictions do not apply to State owned lands. 

Violations of these burn restrictions can result in a minimum $250.00 fine. In 
addition if you have an illegal fire that escapes or needs to be extinguished by the 
fire department, you may be held financially responsible for fire suppression costs, 
as well as potentially being held criminally responsible. 

If you have any questions on open burning in unincorporated Whatcom County, 
please contact the Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office at 360-778-5900 or visit 

Date: September 14, 2016 
For Immediate Release 
Contact: Mitch Nolze, Fire Inspector 
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