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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!

SVCA Crew Responding to Snowy Conditions

As the snow continues to fall we will continue to plow and sand until it stops and the roads are as safe as we can make them. As of Saturday morning, it’s not recommended that any vehicles travel the roads in Sudden Valley or the roads to town unless they are equipped with Four-Wheel Drive, snow tires, or chains. It’s a big help to our crews to have the roads free of trash cans or other obstacles, please make sure your belongings are tucked away from the street if you are able to do so safely.

We are expecting another storm Sunday morning, so we will have crews monitoring and responding to snow and ice conditions around the clock for as long as needed. If you have any issues or if you have a snow incident that you would like to report, please use this form. In an emergency, you should always call 9-1-1. We will update the community as the need arises. Please stay safe and warm. 

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

Icy Roads and Bad Weather Basics

Ice on the ground!  Go slow, be safe and sound!

Good day to you all in Sudden Valley.  This morning, I saw ice on the ground heading into work and caught some black ice with my tires twice within the last week.  Thought we’d take a moment to share some Bad Weather Basics (where to find info, how we respond to snow/ice events, bus schedule changes, etc.).  Please click here for the SVCA Bad Weather Basics.

Please remember, even though we’re experiencing good weather (knock on wood), it’s below freezing at night and lots of fog settles in our area.  This makes for very icy roads in the morning.  Please include extra time in your commute and remember to allow for longer required distances to break to a stop or slow for a turn.  More useful information is in our Bad Weather Basics.