Topic: Safety

Scammers Call PeaceHealth Patients

Written on October 8, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

PeaceHealth has received reports of recent phone scams – or “vishing” scams – impacting patients in the Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan areas. Scammers are pretending to be from PeaceHealth or other health agencies and attempting to steal personal information or private health details over the phone.

Low Visibility

Written on October 4, 2020 at 9:47 am, by

Ever wonder why fog makes the ferries late? Art Smith shares this photo taken from the car deck in his vehicle (that’s his dashboard at bottom of the photo)on Saturday afternoon. – A ferry crew member on fog watch for any potential obstacles that radar won’t pick up. Thanks for sharing Art!

Burn Ban In San Juan County Lifted

Written on September 21, 2020 at 8:51 pm, by

As of Sunday, September 20th, the Burn Ban in San Juan County is lifted. Please be safe when enjoying recreational campfires. A reminder that campfires are limited to 3’x3’ in size and are for burning only clean split firewood.  Permitted residential burning is scheduled to reopen on October 5th. Weather permitting.  https://www.sanjuanco.com/1096/Open-Burn-Info  Please follow the  Continue Reading

Special Deliveries – Baby Deliveries

Written on September 17, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

Special Deliveries: On One Morning, San Juan Island Fire & Rescue Joins Partner Agencies With Two Baby Deliveries This time, it wasn’t the stork who made the middle of the night call to assist two pregnant mothers. Just before 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 13, pagers beeped throughout San Juan Island announcing an urgent need  Continue Reading

OPALCO News

Written on September 17, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

OPALCO is Prepared for Wildfire Prevention – Are You? Safety is the primary objective at the core of everything OPALCO does. OPALCO continues to use an aggressive Right-of-Way Program (tree and brush trimming along power lines) and the latest technologies to reduce flammable material and mitigate fire risk. The long-term investment is key to the  Continue Reading

How to Breathe Easy in Wildfire Smoke

Written on September 15, 2020 at 11:02 am, by

Deanna from PeaceHealth shares this informative article from their blog with some steps you can take to protect your health when the air quality is poor… When wildfires create smoky conditions, it’s important to take extra steps to protect your health. Wildfire smoke can irritate your eyes, nose, throat and lungs. It can make it  Continue Reading

Burn Ban Extended Until Further Notice

Written on September 13, 2020 at 12:23 pm, by

Due to fire danger and stretched resources, San Juan County is extending the current burn ban to prohibit all outdoor fires (including charcoal), effective immediately and until further notice.  This change is prompted by several factors. Hot and dry weather has made conditions ripe for ignition and fast fire spread, and forecasts predict more of  Continue Reading

Burn Ban Extended

Written on September 10, 2020 at 5:20 pm, by

Due to fire danger and stretched resources, the San Juan County is extending the current burn ban to prohibit all outdoor fires, effective immediately and until further notice. This change is prompted by several factors. Hot and dry weather has made conditions ripe for ignition and fast fire spread, and forecasts predict more of the  Continue Reading

A Smokey Morning on San Juan Island

Written on September 8, 2020 at 10:08 am, by

From San Juan Island Fire and Rescue… As you have seen already, it is a poor day for air quality throughout the San Juan Islands and Western Washington State.   There is no wildland fire in San Juan County at this time. 9-1-1 Dispatch received several calls from concerned residents overnight due to the strong  Continue Reading

Update on Fire Ban: Temporary Fire Ban in Effect

Written on September 7, 2020 at 12:49 pm, by

Just a reminder that the San Juan County Fire Chiefs, in coordination with the San Juan County Fire Marshall and San Juan County Department of Emergency Management have issued a temporary, short-term fire ban for all activities beginning today, Monday, September 7, 2020 through to 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. The burn ban  Continue Reading

Temporary Short-Term Fire Ban In Effect Monday – Wednesday

Written on September 6, 2020 at 2:05 pm, by

San Juan County Fire Chiefs, in coordination with the San Juan County Fire Marshall and San Juan County Department of Emergency Management have issued a temporary, short-term fire ban for all activities beginning at midnight on Monday, September 7, 2020 through to 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. The burn ban will be in  Continue Reading

Winners Selected in “Let’s Face it! Wear a Mask!” Contest

Written on September 3, 2020 at 10:31 am, by

Prevention Coalition selects WINNERS for the “Let’s Face It! Wear A Mask!” Contest!      We want to thank our prevention partners: San Juan Island Community Foundation, Coalition for Orcas Youth, Lopez Island Prevention Coalition, and Kings Market for supporting these efforts!   Our Rock Solid youth stepped up to help encourage their peers to  Continue Reading

Orcas, Lopez and San Juan Fire Team Up with DNR for Wildfire

Written on August 31, 2020 at 10:04 pm, by

From Orcas Fire and Rescue… Orcas Island Fire and Rescue personnel responded to multiple reports of smoke in the 4000-block of Point Lawrence Road on the afternoon of August 24. Crews quickly triangulated a slow-moving wildland fire with aerial support provided by local pilot Pat Muffett. After completing a size-up the fire was determined to  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Fire & Rescue Announces WSRB Insurance Rating Changes

Written on August 25, 2020 at 6:19 pm, by

San Juan Island Fire & Rescue (SJIF&R) announced receiving notification by the Washington State Rating Bureau (WSRB) of a significant change to their evaluation of San Juan Island’s property underwriting and rating information for the insurance industry following its re-rating review that occurs approximately every 5 years. WSRB issued the updated rating: The WSRB rating  Continue Reading

Bystander Efforts Lead to Successful CPR Outcome

Written on August 16, 2020 at 10:43 am, by

From San Juan Island Fire & Rescue… On Thursday afternoon, August 13, 2020, emergency responders from San Juan Island Fire and Rescue, San Juan Island EMS, and Airlift NW responded to a 911 emergency call reporting an unconscious person who was not breathing at the Roche Harbor Marina. Several bystanders at the scene immediately went  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #28: Summary of Cases to Date

Written on August 10, 2020 at 4:08 pm, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders This Hot Topic will provide a broad overview of confirmed positive cases to date in San Juan County. This information is very general in nature to ensure privacy, but hopefully is a useful way to convey the nature of cases in San  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #27: Fact Check on Face Shields

Written on August 7, 2020 at 9:29 am, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders To be clear: Face shields have absolutely no ability to minimize the spread of droplets from someone infected with COVID. There is simply too much air flow around the shield for them to be effective. They are not an acceptable alternative to cloth  Continue Reading

Summary of Recent Cases in San Juan County

Written on August 3, 2020 at 5:58 pm, by

From San Juan County Department of Emergency Management… San Juan County is shifting to a weekly roll-up of new cases. This is the first of those reports. Going forward, the report will be issued on Thursday of each week. In addition to providing for additional time to review results of case investigations and draft releases,  Continue Reading

Joint Meeting, SJCPHD1 and SJIFR

Written on July 25, 2020 at 7:05 am, by

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 is providing notice of a Special Meeting to be held jointly with San Juan Island Fire and Rescue on Tuesday July 28, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. This meeting will be online due to COVID-19: members of the public may call 509-824-1884 and enter 919 848 360# This  Continue Reading

Governor Inslee Puts Hold on All Phase Advancing

Written on July 2, 2020 at 7:30 pm, by

July 2, 2020: Today Governor Inslee announced that a minimum of a two week hold will be placed on all current applications to advance through the Governor’s four phase plan. This decision applies to San Juan County’s application to Phase 3 submitted to the State on June 25th, in addition to current applications from a  Continue Reading

Public Asked to Protect Honey Bees by Reporting Sightings of the Invasive Asian Giant Hornet

Written on July 2, 2020 at 9:35 am, by

OLYMPIA—As summer gets into full swing and people spend more time outside, state and federal officials and local beekeepers hope the public will keep their eyes open and report any sightings of Asian giant hornet. “When it comes to preventing and stopping a new invasive species, we all have a role to play and this  Continue Reading

All Personal Fireworks Are Illegal In San Juan County

Written on July 2, 2020 at 9:23 am, by

A friendly reminder that all personal fireworks are prohibited in San Juan County. This includes firecrackers, mortars, sparklers, and bottle rockets. Personal firework discharge is a crime punishable by fines from the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office. Furthermore any fires linked to the use of personal fireworks are subject to billing from all agencies that  Continue Reading