Campfires Banned At County Parks
Here’s a note just in this afternoon from San Juan County Parks, Recreation and Fair Department…
Due to extremely dry conditions, a burn ban is now in effect at all San Juan County parks and campgrounds. At this time briquettes may be used in designated fire rings and propane cook stoves are allowed for cooking. County Parks asks that the public exercise great care with all flammable items. Also, remember that personal fireworks are banned in all of San Juan County.
County Parks will issue an update if the situation changes.
In related news, SJIFR Chief Steve Marler sends this Press Release…
San Juan Island Fire & Rescue Provides Mutual Assistance For Wenatchee
On Sunday evening, June 28, San Juan Island Fire & Rescue was again asked by the “Statewide Fire Mobilization”, along with Skagit and Whatcom counties, to assist with a fast moving wildland fire near Wenatchee.
Captain Noel Monin is responding as a “Strike Team Leader” and will be responsible for the activities and safety of five fire engine crews. Lieutenant Tad Lean and Firefighter Michael Henderson are also responding in a small fire engine specifically designed to deal with brush fires.
San Juan Island Fire & Rescue participates in the plan in order to assist other fire agencies throughout the state, provide valuable experience for our local firefighters, and to assure that statewide assistance will be available for the San Juans if it is ever needed. Costs are reimbursed by the state, so local taxpayers do not have to directly bear the burden of such a response.
Because it is very hot and dry throughout the entire region, everyone is asked to be extra vigilant and careful with any source of fire. ALL BURN PERMITS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED for the year because the County’s level of fire risk is now “HIGH”. Please report any fire or smell of smoke via 9-1-1 so that fire resources can quickly respond and take any necessary action to keep our beautiful island safe.