The next regular fire commissioner's meeting will be held at 5pm on July 7, at the Kendall Fire Station.
Increased Rating from WSRB
The Washington Survey and Ratings Bureau is charged with rating fire departments based on water supply, available personnel, training, and a great number of other factors. Locations are given a rating from 10 to 1, with 10 being the least protected. This rating helps insurance companies set the rates they charge customers for fire insurance.
In a recent evaluation of District 14, the Bureau has increased our rating from a 8 to a 7 in our unincorporated areas, and from a 6 to a 5 in the City of Sumas. Thank you to all our volunteers that help make this possible!
ALL outdoor burning is now prohibited on DNR (forestry) protected land. This means NO campfires.
The Whatcom County burn ban is ON. The current stage I ban allows for recreational campfires ONLY in the county.
Recreational Campfires must comply with the following:
Recreational fires consist only of charcoal or firewood and are used for cooking or pleasure.
The fire is in an enclosure no larger than 3 feet across.
The enclosure must be a minimum of 16 inches high and made of cement block, stones or #10 gauge steel.
Materials being burned must be kept lower than the sidewalls of the enclosure.
A charged garden hose or 2 five-gallon buckets of water must be on site.
A shovel or rake must be on site.
The fire must be 25 feet from any standing timber, structures, or combustible materials.
Tree branches must be cleared to the height of 15 feet above the enclosure.
One person age 16 or older who is capable of putting the fire out must be in attendance at all times.
The fire must be contained within a firebreak (bare ground).
The Landowner's permission must be obtained if not on your property.
Wood Smoke Pollution
Often in the fall and winter, we can get into a weather pattern that makes the air stagnate over the Columbia Valley. During this time, the smoke from chimneys can stay in the area, giving us some of the worst air conditions in Whatcom County!
Because of this, it is very important that everyone burn only seasoned fire wood in their wood stoves and fireplaces. Every little bit helps!
Current air quality in the Columbia Valley can be found here:
Total Responses: 449
(As of 6/22/15) Total for 2014: 1012 Total for 2013: 887
Nearly 80% of our calls are medical
emergencies. The remaining calls are a mixture of structure fires, motor
vehicle accidents, illegal burns, public assistance calls, and a
variety of other incidents.
Wildland Fire Safety
Is your home wildland fire defensible? Even here in the Pacific Northwest, wildfires are a very real threat. Small things, like keeping your yard trimmed and clean make a huge difference!
Whatcom County Fire District 14 takes your personal information very seriously. Personal information we collect while providing emergency medical services is subject to the Federal HIPPA rules. Our privacy practices for how we use your information can be found here.
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