Incident Hotline

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Advisories, Watches and Warnings:

A “small craft advisory” will go into effect at 8:00pm this evening and remain in effect until 5:00am Saturday morning.  Winds in the 15-25 knot range will be accompanied by two to four foot wind waves.

.Birch Bay Drive Remains Impacted:

  1. Birch Bay Drive north of Harborview suffered significant damage in December and Whatcom County Public Works has opened one lane northbound only between Harborview and Shintaffer with a 10 miles per hour speed limit. Southbound traffic from Birch Bay Village and Birch Point must use Shintaffer to Lincoln / Anderson roads for ingress and egress. Persons driving South from Shintaffer to Harborview may be subject to citation and a fine.
  2. Birch Bay Drive south of Harborview - The shoulders remain closed due to damage and debris. Pedestrians and bicyclists should use caution in this area until cleanup is complete.

Whatcom County Weather:

Today we will see decreasing clouds as the day goes on with highs in the upper 60s along the coast with a few 70 degree readings in the middle of the county. We can also expect a little winds that could get to 11 or 12 mph along the coastal areas. Tonight, skies will be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 50s. Tomorrow we can expect mostly sunny skies with temperatures climbing into the lower 70s and the lows will again be in the mid 50s. Highs and lows will be a few degrees less in the upper elevations such as the ski area and towards NewHalem. Extended forecast is for things to be about the same for the next four to five days with NewHalem having a chance of a shower or two Monday night and Tuesday.

The Nooksack River level will maintain its current level and there is nothing in the forecast that will change that at this time.

Coastal Weather for Lummi Nation, Birch Bay, Lummi Island, Strait of Georgia, Pt. Roberts, Bellingham, and Blaine 

For Coastal Whatcom County, we’ll be on a little bit or a roller-coaster over the next few days with winds dying down during the day and then increase to levels in the evening to the extent small craft advisories are likely.  Winds tonight will be in the 15-25 knot range with wind waves two to four feet and the small craft advisory has been issued for 8:00pm tonight until 5:00am tomorrow morning.  Winds will drop to 5-15 knots tomorrow and wind waves will be two feet or less.  Then again tomorrow night, winds from the south will reach that 15-25knot threshold probably leading to an advisory.  Sunday will be a repeat of Saturday, lesser winds in the day with stronger winds in the evening.  Monitor marine weather for those advisories.

High tide today at Cherry Point will be at 5:36pm of 7.8’. On Saturday, the first high tide will be at 3:22am and reach 9.0’ with the second one at 6:31 pm at 8.6’. Sunday, June 16th high tide will be at 3:53 am and reach 8.7’ with another at 7:19pm which will be 9,2’. And finally, on Monday, June 17 the first high tide will be at 4:24am and be 8.4’ with the second at 8:02pm of 9.6’.

Emergency Preparedness

Here is a final thought as we get ready to head into summer:  

The warmer temperatures cause interior vehicle temperatures that are especially deadly to children and pets.  Never leave children or pets in a vehicle unattended, there’s no other way to say it, period.  According to the National Weather Service, "The temperature inside a vehicle will reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit in 25 minutes when the outside temperature is only 73 degrees Fahrenheit.

With regards to wildfires, it’s important you stay aware of county burn restrictions.  The Whatcom County burn information line phone number is 360.778.5903; you can get an update on any burn bans as well as permit requirements.  Depending where you are in the county will determine what restrictions are in place.   Fire District 5, 11, and 17 have their own regulations and issues burn permits for their areas.  There are also permanent burn bans within certain city limits and urban growth areas; you can find the list on the Whatcom County website and the subject outdoor burning -  The US Forest Service has its own set of permit requirements as well.  

If you haven’t reviewed fire-wise landscapes recently and how to improve the defensible space around your home, now is a great time to do so.  The National Fire Protection Association website hosts Firewise USA site and we highly recommend you take a look at the information found there.  We’ve already seen some fire restrictions go into effect on Lummi Island and it won’t be too long before we see others issued around the county.

 Remember, think safety and be prepared!  This hotline is not updated on weekends unless and incident occurs.

Contact: Wallace Kost, 360.778.7165, Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management