Incident Hotline

Incident Hotline - Wednesday, August 21, 2019                      CHECK OUT OUR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT BLOG!

There are no active incidents at this time.  

Advisories, Watches and Warnings:

A “Small Craft Advisory” remains in effect until tomorrow morning for winds from the south/southeast at 15-25 knots causing wind waves of two to four feet.

Burn restrictions are in effect for unincorporated Whatcom County. You must check with the jurisdiction you are in to determine the extent of the restrictions.

Whatcom County Weather

We can expect to see some rain today although it will not be heavy. The National Weather Service is calling for about one-tenth of an inch for most areas of the county. There could be some places that see a little more. Temperatures will not get quite as cool as was predicted but there will be a lot of upper 60s around the county today. The cloud cover will keep the lows in the mid to upper 50s at night. We should see some lingering showers overnight and then a partly sunny sky tomorrow followed by more clouds and another chance for showers on Friday. The northeast and east part of the county may see showers hanging around for the next three or four days. Temperatures will continue in a narrow range between upper 60s and low 70s. Higher elevations will be cooler.

We have not had any significant rain for awhile which means a slick surface is possible when the rain begins.  Also, water pooling could occur in small depressions and affect your vehicle's contact with the road.  Slowing down is the key ingredient in ensuring your tires remain in contact with the road.  Also, check your windshield wipers to make sure they are functioning properly.

The Nooksack River could bump up just a little bit by the time we reach tomorrow but it won’t be more than a few inches as things look now.

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

The “Small Craft Advisory” will continue into tomorrow. Winds will continue from the southeast or south in the 15-25 knot range with the two to four foot wind waves. Tomorrow morning the wind will switch to the northwest and drop to 10-20 knots. The wind waves will stay with us until later in the day when they will drop to two feet or less as the wind switches yet again to the southwest at 10 knots.

High tide at Cherry Point for the next five days looks like this: 

High tide today at Cherry Point will occur this morning at 10:00 am – 6.3’ with another high tide later today at 9:53 pm - 8.2’

Thursday, August 22, 2019:  11:18 am – 6.2’ and 10:18 pm – 8.1’

Friday, August 23, 2019:  12:50 pm – 6.4’ and 10:47 pm – 8.0’

Saturday, August 24, 2019:  2:27 pm – 6.9’ and 11:26 pm – 7.9’

Sunday, August 25, 2019:  One high tide at 3:44 pm – 7.6’

Emergency Preparedness

First, school will soon be in session once again. As you prepare to send your children back to school, are you familiar with the school reunification plan just in case an emergency situation develops? What about your own reunification plan for your family? Have you identified an emergency contact (e.g. relative or close friend outside the local area) who family members can call to share their location and health condition? You, in turn can call that contact person for updates on your family members and develop your plan for getting everyone together. This was one of the lessons from Hurricane Katrina as family members were separated during the evacuation from New Orleans and found it difficult to reunite.

Second, catalytic converters on cars can become extremely hot; avoid driving through dry grassy areas as the heat from a catalytic converter can start a fire.

Third, at least thirty-two children have died this year across the United States when they were left inside vehicles in the heat. We still have some very warm days left this summer. Don’t leave pets or children alone and unattended in vehicles.

Fourth, burn restrictions remain in effect for unincorporated Whatcom County. Land clearing and yard debris burning is not allowed and all burn permits have been rescinded. Recreational fires, while still allowed must meet specific restrictions which can be found on the Whatcom County website under burn ban. The Whatcom County information line for burning updates is 360.778.5903. Many agencies control fire restrictions including fire districts, Lummi Island, Washington State  Department of Natural Resources, Washington State Parks, United States Forest Service, North Cascades National Park, and other jurisdictions. They do not fall under the authority of the Whatcom County Fire Marshal and so, if you find yourself in an area controlled by a different agency, you must check with that agency concerning any use of fire. There are also permanent burn bans within certain city limits and urban growth areas. See the following website for additional information: http://www.whatcomcounty.us/690/Outdoor-Burning.

Finally, maintain a defensible space around your property to help prevent fire from reaching your home. See the Firewise USA program for additional information.

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

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