Today is Thursday, July 16, 2018. There are no active incidents at this time, however there are burn ban restrictions in place.
Warm temperatures will continue for the next couple of days before pulling back a little. Along the coast temperatures will be around 80 degrees. Inland, the temperature will be near 90 degrees which will affect Sumas, Maple Falls, and NewHalem. Tonight temperatures will be in the upper 50s across the county. Tomorrow expect highs near 80 with the exception of NewHalem which could still see mid 80s. Starting Wednesday, we’ll see mid 70s for the remainder of the week with some 60s near Mount Baker Ski Resort. Lows will be in the mid 50s.
Burn ban restrictions are in effect for unincorporated Whatcom County. That means all land clearing and yard debris burning must be discontinued and all issued burn permits are suspended. In addition, if your property is within Whatcom County Fire District 5 (Point Roberts; Fire District 11 (Lummi Island) or Fire District 17 (Sandy Point) you must check with those fired districts for outdoor burning restrictions. Additionally, if your property lies within, or you are visiting property that is fire protected by WA Department of Natural Resources, or a federal parks or forest agency, you must contact those organizations about outdoor burning restrictions. If you have any questions on open burning in unincorporated Whatcom County, please contact the Whatcom County Fire Marshall’s Office.
Here are a few final thoughts concerning warm to hot weather. First, if you’re working outdoors take breaks and drink plenty of water. Second, if you know someone or live next to someone who could be affected by warmer weather, call or check on them to make sure they’re alright. Third, do not park a vehicle in a grassy area as catalytic converters can start fires. And finally, temperatures inside a closed vehicle can easily reach 100 degrees or more in the sun. Always be aware of what is inside your vehicle; never leave children or pets unattended. Always think safety.
Be safe and enjoy the weekend!
Contact: Wallace Kost, 360.788.5305, Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management