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Phase I Burn Ban Still in Effect

Please be aware that a Phase I Burn Ban is still in effect for Whatcom County. This stage of burn ban prohibits all open burning of residential yard debris and land-clearing materials. All issued, active burn permits are suspended under this ban.

Recreational fires will still be allowed but must meet specific criteria. You can read more about the required precautions and the standard rules for outdoor fires at the following links:



The South Whatcom Fire Authority can be reached at 360-676-8080 if you have any questions.

Have a great weekend!

Air Quality Burn Ban Ends

When: 08/27/2018

Where: Whatcom County

What: Press release from the Northwest Clean Air Agency (NWCAA) below.  The air quality ban has been lifted. ALL FIRE DANGER BURN BANS ARE BACK IN PLACE.  WE ARE AT A STAGE 1 FIRE DANGER BAN.  This means recreational fires are allowed.  Yard debris and land clearing fires are all still restricted.

Reminder on recreational fires:  http://www.co.whatcom.wa.us/696/Recreational-Campfire

Burn Ban restrictions Effective 12:01 a.m. July 13, 2018:

  • Rule burning (small debris disposal fires normally allowed when following specific rules) are not allowed in Snohomish, Island, Skagit, Whatcom, and San Juan counties.
  • Written burn permit burning also will no longer be allowed in Snohomish, Island, Skagit, Whatcom, and San Juan counties.
  • Campfires may be allowed in approved designated campgrounds. Always check with local campground hosts before lighting a campfire.
  • DNR is also increasing restrictions on outdoor burning on public lands. Campfires are still allowed in approve fire pits and to please be extra cautious during these very dry conditions.

For more information regarding restrictions, click HERE.