On August 18th, Governor Inslee ordered a statewide mask mandate. Please see the Governor's website at the following URL: https://www.governor.wa.gov/
COVID-19 - The “Proclamation of Emergency” signed by the Whatcom County Executive concerning COVID-19 remains in effect.
The U.S. has extended an order closing the shared border to nonessential traffic until at least September 21, 2021. Canada allows fully vaccinated Americans to visit Canada however, there are several additional requirements you need to be aware of. See Canada Border Services Agency for additional requirements: https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/gbi-rgf-eng.html.
**The Whatcom County Fire Marshal has issued an update to burn restrictions for unincorporated Whatcom County. Recreations fires are once again allowed (information - https://www.whatcomcounty.us/381/Fire-Marshal. You can call 360.778.5903.
Governor Inslee has issued an Emergency Proclamation titled "Wildfires-Burn Ban". This burn ban is good until noon on Thursday September 30, 2021." Additionally, national park service, US Forest Service, Department of Natural Resources, individual fire districts, etc. have their own set of rules which you must review and comply with.
State Route 9: Intermittent single lane closures continuing through the month of August and possibly into September just south of Acme. Expect some delays during this time. as crews continue to complete the project.
Mostly clear skies this morning will give way to partly cloudy skies today and overnight. High temperatures today will range between the low to upper 70s and perhaps even an 80 degree reading in Maple Falls. Overnight lows will be in the mid-50s. Tomorrow will be a repeat of today with the exception of temperatures which should be about 5-8 degrees cooler. Winds are going to be variable but will remain under 10 mph. There are some spot showers for the foothills and over the next 24 hours but the chance is relatively low-20% so not likely but possible.
Rivers and Streams
Flows within the rivers and streams of Whatcom County are normal; expect them to continue to flow steady at current levels.
High pressure rebuilds over the area for the remainder of the week. Generally calm seas and light winds can be expected with the exception of the Strait where afternoon and evening westerlies may reach small craft advisory levels Friday. A weak system may clip the area this weekend, brining seas of 7-9 feet along the coast. Winds. Today: SE wind to 10 knots becoming S in the afternoon. Wind waves 1' or less. Tonight: SW wind 5-15- knots easing to 10 knots after midnight. Wind waves 2' or less. Tomorrow: S wind to 10 knots becoming 5-15 nots in the afternoon. Wind waves 2' or less. A slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Tomorrow Night: S wind 15-25 knots. Wind waves 2-4'. Look for a "Small Craft Advisory" to be issued for these stronger winds.
Emergency Management Tips and Reminders
It is National Preparedness Month and now is the time to Build a Kit...
After an emergency, you may need to rely on yourself and your household or community for several days. It’s important to have supplies set aside and ready to use, including water, non-perishable food, medications, first aid kit, copies of important paperwork, and additional items.
When building a kit, make sure to have one wherever you spend much of the time (e.g. home, work, car). Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have, such as medications or medical equipment, in case you have to evacuate quickly.
A basic emergency supplies kit could include the following items:
Visit Ready.gov for a complete list of recommended emergency supplies.
Information concerning face coverings and other protective actions can be found on the Whatcom County Health Department Website.
These Daily Briefings on Incidents, Advisories, Watches and Warnings, current weather and Emergency Management tips are published Monday through Friday, as well as during times of increased awareness or actual events.