Effective immediately, the City of Ferndale is following the recommendation of Whatcom County Fire District #7 and moving to a Level 2 Fire Ban that prohibits all outdoor burning within Ferndale city limits, including yard debris fires, land clearing, and recreational fires. This has been deemed a necessary safety precaution due to continued high temperatures and dry vegetation within the city.
The Northwest Clean Air Agency has also issued a Stage 2 Air Quality Burn Ban due to the presence of persistent wildfire smoke in our region.
Propane and natural gas fire pits and barbecues and charcoal barbecues are still allowed to be used for cooking, provided solid wood is not being burned. However, care should be exercised in the disposal of charcoal and ashes. Charcoal and ash should be discarded in a metal container and dowsed with water. The container must be kept 10 feet from any structures, trees, or other combustible materials.
Violations of these burn restrictions can result in criminal charges and a minimum fine of $250.