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All Residential and Commercial burn permits expired as of the end of June.

Recreational fires (two feet in diameter or less) are still allowed as long as they’re contained within a suitable fire ring.

With the changing of the seasons, Washington’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced that they will be issuing their state-wide burn ban effective July 1st. It is expected that the burning restriction will remain in place until October.

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 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".


The San Juan County Fire Marshal’s Office is a cooperative effort of the fire districts on Orcas, San Juan, Lopez and Shaw Islands, along with San Juan County. More information is available at www.sjcfiremarshal.org and www.dnr.wa.gov.

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Avatar_SJILibrarySan Juan Island Library is located at 1010 Guard Street in Friday Harbor. In addition to its collections of materials to loan, the library also provides computers for the public to use. The library website provides consumer, financial and academic information, language learning, and test preparation. Library cards are free to island residents with proof of residency.

Library hours are:

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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