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Burn Ban in Effect July15,2014

posted Jul 13, 2014, 6:53 AM by Gerry Francis

Skagit County Burn Restrictions Modified

SKAGIT COUNTY – Due to the decrease in fuel moisture levels and available fire resources, the Fire Marshal’s Office will modify the burn restrictions in unincorporated areas of Skagit County to allow recreational burning only. This change will be effective as of Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 8:00 am.

Recreational fires are those used for cooking and pleasure and consist only of charcoal or firewood and they must meet the following requirements:

  • Fires must be in an enclosure that is a minimum of 16 inches high, no larger than three feet across, and made of cement block, stones, or #10 gauge steel.
  • Burned materials must be kept lower than the sidewalls of the enclosure.
  • The following must be in the immediate vicinity of the enclosure and present at all times during burning:  A charged garden hose, or two, five-gallon buckets of water, or a 5 gallon class-A fire extinguisher, and a shovel. 

 

  • Fires must be 10 feet from any standing timber and there must be no tree branches within 10 feet above the enclosure.

 

  • There must be at least one person 16 years of age or older who is capable of putting the fire out in attendance at all times.

 

As of Tuesday, July 15 at 8:00 am, debris-burning fires are not allowed until further notice. If residing within the city limits of any of the incorporated cities or towns, contact your city fire department for current burning restrictions.

 

The permanent open burning ban remains in effect in the cities of Anacortes, Burlington, Concrete, Hamilton, La Conner, Lyman, Mount Vernon, Sedro Woolley, and their urban growth areas. For more information on the burn ban in these cities, contact the Northwest Clean Air Agency at (360) 428-1617 or visit www.nwcleanair.org

 

If your property falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of Natural Resources, please call (360) 856-3500 for burn permit information.

 

For more information or questions regarding open burning in Skagit County, please contact the Skagit County Deputy Fire Marshal Kevin Noyes at (360) 419-7789. For a complete list of all Recreational Burning conditions, visit www.skagitcounty.net

No announcements at this time...

posted Feb 20, 2014, 10:58 AM by smike@guemesfire.org


More Wind...More Rain...

posted Feb 19, 2014, 8:46 AM by smike@guemesfire.org   [ updated Feb 19, 2014, 8:48 AM ]

325 AM PST WED FEB 19 2014

...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 3 AM PST THURSDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 3 AM PST THURSDAY.

* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS...THE NORTH INTERIOR OF WESTERN WASHINGTON INCLUDING WESTERN WHATCOM COUNTY...WESTERN SKAGIT COUNTY...WHIDBEY ISLAND...THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS.

* TIMING...THE PERIOD OF STRONGEST WINDS WILL PROBABLY OCCUR LATE THIS EVENING.

* WIND...SOUTH 20 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 50 MPH.

* IMPACTS...WINDS COULD SNAP SMALL TREE BRANCHES...TOPPLE SMALL  OR SHALLOW ROOTED TREES...AND CAUSE LOCAL POWER OUTAGES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WIND ADVISORY IS ISSUED WHEN SUSTAINED WINDS OF 30 TO 39 MPH AND/OR GUSTS OF 45 TO 57 MPH ARE LIKELY.

Warmer days on the way...

posted Feb 7, 2014, 7:11 AM by smike@guemesfire.org

449 PM PST THU FEB 6 2014

..COLD WEATHER LOOSENING ITS GRIP LATE THIS WEEKEND...

A WEATHER SYSTEM MOVING ACROSS NORTHWEST OREGON THIS EVENING WILL PRODUCE UP TO 2 INCHES OF SNOW OVER THE SOUTHWEST INTERIOR FROM GRAND MOUND AND CENTRALIA ON SOUTH THROUGH LEWIS COUNTY. ANOTHER SYSTEM WILL FOLLOW A SIMILAR PATH ON FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY MORNING...BRINGING A RENEWED CHANCE OF SNOW TO THE SOUTHWEST INTERIOR FROM OLYMPIA ON SOUTH. ELSEWHERE ACROSS WESTERN WASHINGTON...FLURRIES OR MERELY COLD AND DRY WEATHER ARE EXPECTED THROUGH SATURDAY.

BY SUNDAY...THE FLOW OF COLD CANADIAN AIR INTO WESTERN WASHINGTON WILL HAVE EASED. WITH THE HELP OF RISING PRESSURE ALOFT...THIS WILL ALLOW THE AIR MASS OVER WESTERN WASHINGTON TO GRADUALLY MODIFY ON SUNDAY. THERE IS A SMALL CHANCE OF SNOW CHANGING TO RAIN ON SUNDAY...BUT IT IS MORE LIKELY THAT SUNDAY WILL REMAIN DRY. A WARM FRONT ON SUNDAY NIGHT OR MONDAY WILL ARRIVE WITH RAIN OVER THE LOWLANDS...EXCEPT POSSIBLY BEGINNING AS A LITTLE SNOW OVER WESTERN WHATCOM COUNTY THROUGH MONDAY MORNING.

Colder weather on the way...

posted Feb 3, 2014, 10:48 AM by smike@guemesfire.org

554 AM PST MON FEB 3 2014

..MUCH COLDER WEATHER EXPECTED THROUGH THE WEEK...

A MARKED COOLING TREND IS EXPECTED BEGINNING TUESDAY AND CONTINUING THROUGH AT LEAST FRIDAY THIS WEEK AS AN AIR MASS WITH ORIGINS IN THE YUKON SPREADS INTO WESTERN WASHINGTON. THE COLDEST WEATHER IS EXPECTED WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY. HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL GET AS COLD AS 20 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. NORMAL HIGHS THIS TIME OF YEAR ARE AROUND 50 DEGREES. ON THURSDAY THERE IS A GOOD CHANCE SOME LOCATIONS WILL NOT GET ABOVE FREEZING FOR A HIGH TEMPERATURE.

THERE IS THE POTENTIAL TO BREAK NUMEROUS LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE RECORDS DURING THIS PERIOD. THE FOLLOWING IS A TABLE WITH LOW MAXIMUM RECORDS FROM SELECTED LOCATIONS AROUND THE AREA.

              SEATTLE    OLYMPIA    BELLINGHAM   HOQUIAM

FEBRUARY 4    31 (1989)  29 (1989)  29 (1989)    32 (1989)
FEBRUARY 5    34 (1989)  35 (1985)  33 (1957)    39 (1989)
FEBRUARY 6    37 (1949)  36 (1949)  36 (1973)    41 (1990)
FEBRUARY 7    38 (1994)  36 (1997)  32 (1994)    41 (1985)

ALL DATES ARE LAST YEAR OF OCCURRENCE.

THERE IS ALSO A POSSIBILITY OF RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES LATER IN THE WEEK. PREVIOUS COLD SPELLS EARLY IN FEBRUARY HAVE MOST RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES IN THE SINGLE DIGITS THROUGH TOMORROW MAKING RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES UNLIKELY INITIALLY WITH THIS COLD SPELL. THE FOLLOWING IS A TABLE OF RECORD LOWS FOR THURSDAY AND FRIDAY.

              SEATTLE    OLYMPIA    BELLINGHAM   HOQUIAM

FEBRUARY 6    18 (1989)   5 (1989)  20 (1989)    20 (1989)
FEBRUARY 7    20 (1989)   7 (1989)  20 (1989)    22 (1989)


IN ADDITION TO THE COOL TEMPERATURES...WINDY FRASER OUTFLOW CONDITIONS WILL DEVELOP LATER TODAY AND CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS. THIS PATTERN RESULTS IN BRISK NORTHEAST WINDS FROM SUMAS AND BELLINGHAM OUT PAST THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS...WITH WIND GUSTS IN EXCESS OF 40 MPH. WIND AND COLD TEMPERATURES COULD RESULT IN WIND CHILL VALUES IN THE NEGATIVE SINGLE DIGITS. ANOTHER WINDY LOCATION WOULD BE FROM STEVENS AND SNOQUALMIE PASSES WEST INTO THE CASCADE FOOTHILLS...WHERE GUSTY EAST WINDS COULD OCCUR AT TIMES BEGINNING TUESDAY.

No new announcements at this time...

posted Dec 21, 2013, 10:38 AM by smike@guemesfire.org


Cold Week - possible snow...

posted Dec 3, 2013, 8:54 AM by smike@guemesfire.org

 329 AM PST TUE DEC 3 2013
>
> ..UNUSUALLY COLD WEATHER ACROSS WESTERN WASHINGTON FOR THE NEXT
> WEEK...
>
> MODIFIED ARCTIC AIR IS FILTERING INTO WESTERN WASHINGTON THIS
> MORNING...PRODUCING WINDY CONDITIONS IN WESTERN WHATCOM COUNTY
> AND THE SAN JUANS. WIND CHILLS ACROSS THE NORTH INTERIOR WILL BE
> 10 TO 15 DEGREES THIS MORNING AS WINDS WILL CONTINUE TO GUST UP TO
> 45 MPH. IN ADDITION...TEMPERATURES AROUND MUCH OF WESTERN
> WASHINGTON INCLUDING THE MAIN SEATTLE URBAN CORRIDOR WILL FALL TO
> NEAR OR BELOW FREEZING. THIS MEANS ANY PRECIPITATION THAT FELL
> LAST EVENING MAY FREEZE WITH BLACK ICE POSSIBLE ON ROADWAYS.
> MOTORISTS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION DURING THE MORNING COMMUTE.
>
> DRY AND COLD WEATHER WILL PREVAIL THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING.
> DAYTIME HIGHS WILL BE IN THE UPPER 20S AND 30S WITH SUNSHINE...AND
> OVERNIGHT LOWS WILL BE MAINLY IN THE 15 TO 25 DEGREE RANGE. A WEAK
> WEATHER SYSTEM MAY BRING SOME FLURRIES OR LIGHT SNOW TO PARTS OF
> WESTERN WASHINGTON LATE IN THE DAY THURSDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT. AT
> THIS TIME IT APPEARS ACCUMULATION...IF ANY...WOULD BE MINOR.
>
> THE COLD WEATHER WILL LIKELY CONTINUE FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY OF
> NEXT WEEK. TEMPERATURES WILL BE SIMILAR OR EVEN SLIGHTLY COLDER
> THAN THOSE EXPECTED THE NEXT COUPLE DAYS. RENEWED FRASER OUTFLOW
> WINDS MAY ALSO PRODUCE COLD WIND CHILLS ACROSS THE NORTH INTERIOR.
> ANOTHER WEATHER SYSTEM MAY BRING A CHANCE OF SNOW LATE THIS
> WEEKEND OR EARLY NEXT WEEK.

Winter weather update - cold, strong north winds, possible snow late in the week...

posted Dec 2, 2013, 8:42 AM by smike@guemesfire.org

416 AM PST MON DEC 2 2013

..A CHANGE TO MUCH COLDER WEATHER IS EXPECTED LATER TODAY THROUGH THE END OF THE WEEK...

A STRONG LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL MOVE SOUTHWARD ACROSS WESTERN WASHINGTON TODAY. SNOW LEVELS WILL FALL TO 500 FEET THIS MORNING IN THE INTERIOR FROM SEATTLE NORTHWARD...AND FALL BELOW 500 FEET THROUGHOUT THE INTERIOR BY THIS EVENING...

ANY SNOW SHOWERS TODAY WILL BE CONFINED TO HILLTOPS ABOVE ABOUT 500 FEET INLAND FROM THE WATER NORTH OF SEATTLE. THE SNOW SHOWERS WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY TEMPERATURES ABOVE FREEZING INITIALLY...SO BRIEF AND SPOTTY ACCUMULATIONS OF LESS THAN 1 INCH WILL BE CONFINED TO MAINLY GRASSY AREAS. AS COLDER AIR FILTERS FURTHER SOUTH...FLURRIES ARE POSSIBLE THIS EVENING IN THE SEATTLE TO TACOMA METRO AREAS. THE AIR MASS WILL BE DRYING AS TEMPERATURES FALL BELOW FREEZING EARLY TUESDAY MORNING...

VERY WINDY CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED IN THE FRASER RIVER OUTFLOW AREA FROM SUMAS AND LYNDEN SOUTHWESTWARD THROUGH BELLINGHAM AND INTO THE SAN JUANS. NORTHEAST WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 55 MPH ARE LIKELY ACROSS PORTIONS OF THIS AREA THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH TUESDAY. THE WINDY CONDITIONS WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY TEMPERATURES AROUND 20 DEGREES GIVING WIND CHILL VALUES NEAR ZERO.

IT APPEARS THAT IT WILL REMAIN QUITE COLD THROUGH THE UPCOMING WEEKEND. LOW TEMPERATURES WILL AVERAGE 15 TO 25 WITH HIGHS STRUGGLING TO GET ABOVE FREEZING. THERE IS A CHANCE OF A LITTLE SNOW THURSDAY OR FRIDAY AS A WEAK SYSTEM MOVES BY TO THE WEST.

Winter weather and the possibility of snow this week...

posted Dec 1, 2013, 12:08 PM by smike@guemesfire.org   [ updated Dec 1, 2013, 12:09 PM ]

353 AM PST SUN DEC 1 2013

...THE CHANGE TO MUCH COLDER WEATHER FOR WESTERN WASHINGTON 
REMAINS FOR NEXT WEEK...

RAIN ASSOCIATED WITH A STRONG PACIFIC FRONTAL SYSTEM IS EXPECTED 
CONTINUE INTO TONIGHT. THE COLD FRONT IS EXPECTED TO MOVE INLAND 
TONIGHT AND BEGIN USHERING IN A MUCH COLDER AIR MASS EARLY NEXT 
WEEK... 

THE INCOMING FRONTAL SYSTEM WILL HAVE A LOT OF MOISTURE WITH IT
AND IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE COPIOUS RAINFALL IN THE MOUNTAINS
TODAY INTO TONIGHT. SNOW LEVELS SHOULD REMAIN ABOVE 4000
FEET. HEAVY RAINFALL WILL RESULT IN A LOT OF WATER ON ROADWAYS
AND ROAD SPRAY WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES. SNOW LEVELS WILL PLUNGE
FOLLOWING THE COLD FRONT LATE TONIGHT...FALLING BELOW THE
PASSES BY EARLY MONDAY MORNING...

A MUCH COLDER AIR MASS WILL SPREAD SOUTH THROUGH WESTERN
WASHINGTON MONDAY AND MONDAY NIGHT FROM THE INTERIOR OF WESTERN
CANADA. BLUSTERY FRASER RIVER CANYON OUTFLOW WILL IMPACT WESTERN
WHATCOM COUNTY AND THE SAN JUANS LATER MONDAY AND CONTINUE INTO
TUESDAY. SNOW SHOWERS MAY ACCOMPANY CONVERGENCE ZONES ON MONDAY
AND A COLD FRONT LATE MONDAY AFTERNOON OR MONDAY EVENING AS IT
MOVES SOUTH THROUGH WESTERN WASHINGTON MONDAY. AT THIS TIME IT
APPEARS THAT SPOTTY SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF AN INCH OR TWO ARE
POSSIBLE IN THE INTERIOR MONDAY OR MONDAY EVENING. BE SURE TO
MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS AS THIS SITUATION DRAWS CLOSER...

COLD TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH MUCH OF NEXT
WEEK WITH TEMPERATURES RUNNING 10 TO 20 DEGREES BELOW AVERAGE FOR
THIS TIME OF YEAR. LOWS IN WESTERN WASHINGTON IN THE MID TEENS AND
20S WILL BE COMMON...WITH HIGHS IN ONLY THE UPPER 20S TO MID 30S.

Possible lowland winter storm event early next week...

posted Nov 26, 2013, 9:42 PM by smike@guemesfire.org

345 PM PST TUE NOV 26 2013

..HEAVY SNOWFALL IS POSSIBLE IN THE MOUNTAINS BEGINNING LATE SATURDAY NIGHT OR SUNDAY...
..A CHANGE TO MUCH COLDER WEATHER IS EXPECTED THROUGHOUT WESTERN WASHINGTON SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH EARLY NEXT WEEK...

WEATHER FORECAST MODELS ARE SHOWING A BIG CHANGE IN THE WEATHER PATTERN STARTING SATURDAY NIGHT OR EARLY SUNDAY AND CONTINUING THROUGH MUCH OF NEXT WEEK.

A STRONG PACIFIC FRONTAL SYSTEM WILL MOVE THROUGH THE AREA LATE SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY. THE BIGGEST IMPACT OF THIS STORM WILL BE IN THE MOUNTAINS. SNOW LEVELS AROUND 5000 FEET LATE SATURDAY NIGHT OR EARLY SUNDAY WILL RAPIDLY FALL TO BELOW 2000 FEET BY SUNDAY EVENING AND TO BELOW 500 FEET LATESUNDAY NIGHT. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS IN THE PASSES WILL LIKELY BE QUITE HEAVY. SATURDAY WILL BE A MUCH BETTER TRAVEL DAY THROUGH THE PASSES THAN SUNDAY.

A VERY COLD ARCTIC AIR MASS IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP OVER THE YUKON SATURDAY NIGHT INTO SUNDAY THEN DROP SOUTHWARD INTO BRITISH COLUMBIA LATE SUNDAY INTO MONDAY. THERE IS AN INCREASINGLY GOOD CHANCE THAT SOME OF THIS COLD AIR WILL MOVE INTO WESTERN WASHINGTON ON MONDAY.

DETAILS ARE DIFFICULT TO PINPOINT AS WE ARE STILL DAYS OUT FROM THIS POTENTIAL EVENT. BUT WITH THIS TYPE OF SYSTEM...IT IS LIKELY THAT THERE WILL BE SOME LOWLAND SNOW WITH THE PASSAGE OF THE MODIFIED ARCTIC COLD FRONT. IT ALSO APPEARS LIKELY THAT IT WILL GET QUITE WINDY IN THE NORTH INTERIOR...ESPECIALLY AROUND THE SAN JUANS AND IN THE LOWER FRASER VALLEY AROUND BELLINGHAM. IT MAY STAY BELOW FREEZING FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS AFTER MONDAY. LOWLAND SNOW...IF IT OCCURS...MAY GIVE DICEY TRAVEL ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE WESTERN WASHINGTON LOWLANDS MONDAY.

FORECASTS ARE LIKELY TO CHANGE AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE EVENT FOR LATER THIS WEEKEND INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK. EVERYONE SHOULD CLOSELY MONITOR LATEST FORECASTS.

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