Open Burning Season Suspended Immediately
All Residential and Commercial burn permits have been suspended because of the unusually dry weather. There have already been a number of grass and brush fires throughout San Juan County. Recreational fires (two feet in diameter or less) are still allowed as long as they’re contained within a suitable fire ring. However, the State Parks System has banned recreational fires at their campsites statewide. San Juan County’s fire risk has been raised from “Moderate” to “High”.
With the changing of the seasons, Washington’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is has announced a state-wide outdoor burning restriction effective yesterday. It is expected that the burning restrictions will remain in place at least until October 1st. Each year, San Juan County follows the same schedule as DNR, recognizing that even with our mild climate and beautiful green landscapes, the risk of a damaging or life-threatening fire rises with the great summer weather that we all enjoy.
As things dry out, please remember to be very cautious with any open flames. Always make sure that a recreational fire is completely extinguished before leaving it unattended. As Smokey Bear says: “If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave”.
With the Fourth of July approaching, please remember that personal fireworks are prohibited anywhere in San Juan County, and most fireworks available at the Swinomish reservation are illegal anywhere other than on tribal lands. With the unusually dry conditions, San Juan County Sheriff Ron Krebs has announced that his Deputies will be using a “zero tolerance” policy when it comes to fireworks.
Everyone is encouraged to forego using their own fireworks and instead enjoy one of the professional pyrotechnic shows that will be visible from Friday Harbor, Roche Harbor, Orcas Island and Lopez Island.