Incident Hotline

Incident Hotline - Monday, July 22, 2019                      CHECK OUT OUR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT BLOG!

Advisories, Watches and Warnings:

- There are no advisories, watches or warnings for our area at this time; however, a small craft advisory is in effect from 5:00pm-11:00pm later today.  

- Burn restrictions remain in effect for unincorporated Whatcom County.  Land clearing and yard debris burning is not allowed until the restriction is lifted and all issued burn permits are considered suspended.  Recreational fires are still allowed subject to the restrictions listed in the announcement which can be found on the Whatcom County website.  Keep in mind, you need to check with other agencies for fire restrictions including fire districts, Lummi Island, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Washington State Parks, United States Forest Service, North Cascades National Park, and other jurisdictions as they do not fall under the authority of the Whatcom County Fire Marshal.

Whatcom County Weather:

We will take a little step back from the warm temperatures over the weekend which topped out in the 80s on Saturday and Sunday. Today we will see a high of around 78 in the Bellingham area; Sumas and NewHalem may still hit the 80 degree mark today. Tonight lows will drop back to the mid 50s across the county. Winds will be out of the south/southwest in the 8-15 mph range and will continue into this evening. Tomorrow will be about 5-10 degrees cooler than today; lows will still be in the mid 50s.. Winds will be just a little less but will still be mainly from the south. The higher elevations will remain about 10 degrees cooler than the lower elevations. There could be a chance of showers across the county Tuesday night into Wednesday. Temperatures will remain in the 70s for highs and mid 50s for lows through Friday. 

The Nooksack River level has leveled off and will remain about where it is for the next five days.

Coastal Weather for Lummi Nation, Birch Bay, Lummi Island, Strait of Georgia, Pt. Roberts, Bellingham, and Blaine 

For Coastal Whatcom County, winds today will be out of the south in the 10-20 knot range.  Later this afternoon the winds will shift more to the west and climb to 15-25 knots causing wind waves of two to four feet.  The small craft advisory goes into effect at 5:00pm and remains in effect until 11:00 pm this evening.  Tomorrow winds will be from the southwest at 5-15 knots but by the end of the day they are predicted to increase to 25-35 knots with wind waves of four to six feet.  This may lead to a gale warning so monitor marine weather for that information tomorrow. 

High tide today at Cherry Point at 8:45am  was 6.0’; tonight at 10:37pm it is predicted to be 9.0 feet.  Future high tides are as follows:

Tuesday,  July 23, 2019:     9:59am - 5.5’ and 11:04pm – 8.8’

Wednesday,  July 24, 2019:  11:31am – 5.3’ and 11:30pm – 8.6’

Thursday,  July 25, 2019:  1:14pm – 5.5’  and 1158pm – 8.5’

Friday,  July 26, 2019:  300pm – 6.2’

Emergency Preparedness

First, emergency preparedness is more than a phrase.  It means having a plan to reconnect with your family if separated during a disaster.  It also means having a “go kit” with your important papers, medications, and other items at your fingertips in case you have to leave your home quickly.  There are many resources to help you prepare for an emergency and our office has numerous materials to aid you in your effort. 

Second, don’t leave children or pets inside a vehicle alone.  Temperatures inside a vehicle will reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit in 25 minutes when the outside temperature is only 73 degrees Fahrenheit.”  There have been several incidents around the country where this has occurred, don’t let it happen to you. 

Third, remember to check on fire restrictions.  The Whatcom County information line for burning updates is 360.778.5903. Don’t forget there are numerous jurisdictions that do not fall under the authority of the Whatcom County Fire Marshal and you must check with that agency for their burn restrictions.  If you have any questions, please contact the fire marshal’s office.  There are also permanent burn bans within certain city limits and urban growth areas.  See the following website for additional information: http://www.whatcomcounty.us/690/Outdoor-Burning.   

And finally, check out the National Fire Protection Association website and the Firewise USA program.  Landscaping around your home can have a huge impact on how fire will behave if it reaches your home.  

Remember, think safety and be prepared!  This hotline is not updated on weekends unless an incident occurs.

Contact: Wallace Kost, 360.778.7165, Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management