Topic: Safety

2018 Great Washington Shakeout

Written on October 12, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

It’s just one week until the 2018 Great Washington Shakeout earthquake drill on October 18th. You can join the growing number of islanders who are preparing for “the big one” by signing up online. It’s quick and easy to do at: http://shakeout.org/washington So far, more than 700 people in the islands are involved. This includes  Continue Reading

Test of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System

Written on October 2, 2018 at 6:05 am, by

IMPORTANT: At approximately 11:20am PST on Wednesday October 3rd, FEMA will conduct the first ever NATIONWIDE test of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS). This means that all cell phones that are turned on, within range of a tower, and whose carrier participates in WEA will make a loud buzz and  Continue Reading

Burn Permits Go On Sale October 1

Written on September 28, 2018 at 6:00 am, by

Burn season is right around the corner and the San Juan County Fire Marshal’s Office and the San Juan County Fire Chiefs Association would like to remind you of a few things to improve the safety of your burning this season. Burning rules apply to all burns in San Juan County and a permit is  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Keep On Truckin’

Written on September 17, 2018 at 6:15 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update, written by Peggy Sue McRae… One of the most critical components of maintaining happiness and health as we get older is staying mobile and not falling down. Regarding that, I have some good news and I have some some bad news. The good news  Continue Reading

Burn Risk Level Changed to Moderate

Written on September 13, 2018 at 5:38 am, by

The recent rains have resulted in San Juan County moving the fire risk level to Moderate. This does not change the status of burning in the county, it is merely a risk level modification that reflects fuel moisture levels rising.  Campfires remain allowed in San Juan County.  Residential burning remains closed until the expected opening  Continue Reading

September is Preparedness Month in San Juan County!

Written on September 8, 2018 at 6:30 am, by

From Brendan Cowan, Director, San Juan County Department of Emergency Management… While emergency preparedness is a year round responsibility for all islanders, the San Juan County Council recently proclaimed September as “Preparedness Month” in San Juan County. “This is an opportunity to remind everyone who spends time in the islands that many of the things we love most about being here also  Continue Reading

Meet and Greet the Candidates for Fire Dept Chief Position

Written on September 8, 2018 at 6:20 am, by

From Jamie Mountford PIO SJIFD… After over 35 years with the department, San Juan Island Fire Chief Brad Creesy is retiring at the end of October. The community is invited to an evening reception to meet the five finalists being considered for the position. This informal meet and greet opportunity will be Sunday, September 16 from 5-7 P.M.  Continue Reading

Community Survey

Written on August 31, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

The 2018 Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) Community Survey is now open! Please add your voice by completing the survey below. Thank you for your time and support! The San Juan Island Prevention Coalition. sjipc.org The Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) Community Survey is an anonymous annual statewide survey administered by all of  Continue Reading

Burn Ban Lifted

Written on August 30, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

The Burn Ban for campfires and barbecues is lifted in San Juan County As of noon on August 29, 2018, the burn ban for campfires and charcoal barbeques is lifted in San Juan County. Recent humidity levels, rising fuel moistures, and precipitation in the county have warranted a lift on the burn ban enacted last  Continue Reading

Burn Ban in San Juan County begins August 21st

Written on August 21, 2018 at 7:26 pm, by

San Juan County: A Burn Ban [began] Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at noon. Elevated temperatures for extended periods and our lack of precipitation has created a high fire danger in San Juan County, and across the region. San Juan County will be prohibiting all outdoor burning with the exception of propane barbecues. No outdoor fires  Continue Reading

Park Fire Ban

Written on August 20, 2018 at 4:10 pm, by

San Juan Island National Historical Park Issues Fire Restrictions Due to very dry conditions and increasing fire danger on San Juan Island, Superintendent Elexis Fredy has announced fire restrictions in San Juan Island National Historical Park. Beginning August 21, 2018, fire restrictions prohibit: Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire, charcoal grill, tiki  Continue Reading

$10,000 Reward

Written on August 17, 2018 at 5:41 am, by

ATF Offers $10,000 Reward for Information on Explosives Placed on Orcas Island The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is offering up to a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for placing explosives near a trail in the San Juan County Land Bank  Continue Reading

Fight Fire with Fire

Written on August 16, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Notice any smoke in the air this summer? Yeah, how about last summer? Has it always been wildfire season in the summer or is this something new? Check out the video below for some answers…  

Orcas IED

Written on August 10, 2018 at 9:35 am, by

This is from Ron Krebs, SJ County Sheriff… There is understandable and significant concern throughout the islands following the discovery on Monday of an improvised explosive device (IED) on the San Juan County Land Bank Turtleback Mountain Preserve property on Orcas Island. The ongoing investigation is being led by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms,  Continue Reading

Sea Scouts

Written on August 7, 2018 at 3:02 pm, by

There’s a new Sea Scouts program starting up here. The first meeting is this Thursday August 9th at the San Juan Yacht Club 18:30 (6:30pm) Sea Scouts, BSA is a program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women. For over 100 years Sea Scouting has promoted better citizenship and improved members’  Continue Reading

Fire Marshal’s Office Increases Fire Risk To High

Written on July 23, 2018 at 1:45 pm, by

At noon on July 24th, 2018 the fire risk in San Juan County will be going from Moderate to HIGH.  Campfires remain legal as do barbecues. A few reminders to keep you and your families and community safe at this time: Have a charged hose nearby at all times to extinguish fires that may get  Continue Reading

“Adventures in Boating” Class

Written on July 23, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and San Juan County Sheriff’s Marine Unit Offers a Free “Adventures in Boating” Class on Saturday July 28 The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary San Juan Islands Detachment and the San Juan County Sheriff’s Marine Unit are offering a free Washington Basic Boater Education Course on Orcas Island. The class will be  Continue Reading

More on the American Camp Fire

Written on July 20, 2018 at 5:55 am, by

Thanks to 23 Fire District #3 volunteers, Sunday’s 6.7-acre grass fire on the parade ground at American Camp was brought under control less than 75 minutes after it was called in. Park superintendent Elexis Fredy, who is in Minnesota this week working on a review committee related to workforce development, said by email, “I am  Continue Reading

Scam Alert for Business Owners

Written on July 20, 2018 at 5:38 am, by

Beware of mysterious phone calls from “Direct Fairways”. This notice came in from the San Juan Golf Course and the SJI Chamber. Here’s Chris Gregor with more… Hi everyone. We have received some reports of a scam. Here is a letter from the San Juan Golf and Country Club explaining: To:        San Juan Island  Continue Reading

EMT’s of the Month

Written on July 12, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

San Juan Island EMS would like to recognize our team responders for the month of July. Brad Creesy (Team Foxtrot), Steve Alluise (Team Bravo) and Humberto Orozco (Team Delta) are reliable, efficient and dedicated volunteers each having been with the agency 10+ years. Thank you gentlemen. We hope to continue to see your expertise and  Continue Reading

Ron Krebs Runs for Re-Election

Written on May 31, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Dear Fellow Islanders, I was elected Sheriff of San Juan County three years ago and I am excited to announce that I’ll be running for re-election this November. As Sheriff, I’ve worked hard to promote and encourage a safer community. I’ve implemented the core beliefs of protect and serve, set higher standards of achievement throughout  Continue Reading

Residential Burning Extended to June 15th

Written on May 31, 2018 at 5:41 am, by

From the San Juan County Fire Marshal’s Office: All residential burn permits will expire at noon on June 15th. Residential burning will be closing two weeks later than the scheduled date of May 31st. Residential burn permits are issued for the burning of brush and limbs in areas of the islands that are not within  Continue Reading