Orcas Island Firefighters found 2,500 square feet of slow-burning brush on a vacant lot when they responded to a report of a brush fire in the Orcas Highlands neighborhood Thursday evening, June 12, 2013.
Twenty-nine responders with eight apparatus extinguished the fire which caused minimal property damage. There were no injuries to civilians or responders.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the San Juan County Fire Marshal.
OIFD Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien thanked all the neighbors for helping the crews and the Auxiliary for providing food and drinks for the responders. He also thanked the firefighters for their hard work.
All Residential and Commercial burn permits will expire 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.