Due to the increased fire danger in our region, the Bellingham Fire Department has placed a restriction on all recreational fires, effective 8 a.m. Wednesday, August 2, 2017. Until further notice recreational fires that include the burning of solid wood materials is prohibited.
Propane barbeques and propane fire pits without solid wood burning materials are allowed. Charcoal barbeques are also allowed, but care should be used in the disposal of any charcoal and ashes. Charcoal and ash should be discarded in a metal container and dowsed with water. The container should be kept 10 feet from any structures or trees.
Escaped outdoor fires is one of the top causes of wildfires in the State of Washington. Similar actions have been enacted by both the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and Whatcom County.
“Our community is a special place and we all need to do our part to keep it safe, especially during increased fire danger periods,” said Bill Hewett, Assistant Fire Chief.
Reckless violation of these restrictions should be reported by calling 9-1-1. Violation of these restrictions can result in criminal charges and minimum fines of $250.