Recent rain lowers county’s fire danger

Recreational fires are now permitted.

Campfires are now permitted in Island County after recent rainy weather lowered the fire danger on Whidbey Island.

Recreational fires in an approved fire pit, barbecue grills using propane or briquettes and self-contained camp stoves are all allowed under the Type I burn ban as of Sept. 25, according to Island County Sheriff Rick Felici.

Still, no outdoor burns of natural materials are allowed, even with a permit.

Recreational and cooking fires must be less than 3 feet in diameter and cannot be more than 2 feet high. Fires should be 15 feet away from flammable materials like overhanging branches, and have a means to extinguish the fire nearby, like a garden hose, buckets of water or a fire extinguisher. Remember that someone 16 years of age or older should monitor the fire at all times. Cities may have their own fire restrictions and residents should check local guidelines.

At Deception Pass State Park, wood fires are now allowed in designated fire pits and grills.

Smoke from wildfires in Eastern Washington, Oregon and California covered the skies above Whidbey Island for more than a week earlier this month, leading to several air quality alerts and guidance to stay indoors.

Crews from Central Whidbey Fire and Rescue, and North Whidbey Fire and Rescue helped with the firefighting efforts across Eastern Washington and as far away as California this year.

More in News

Council looks to state rep for help with ferry woes

State Rep. Dave Paul was invited to a Langley city council meeting to speak about recent ferry cuts.

Service temporarily restored to Clinton-Mukilteo ferry route

Despite major slashes, the first weekend of an abridged ferry schedule saw some pleasant surprises.

Tides presentation set for Oct. 20

Phyllis Woolwine, president of Shearwater University, will deliver a presentation Oct. 20.

Kurt Blankenship, left, and James Golder.
Hospital candidates talk staff retention, compensation

Candidates for the WhidbeyHealth board of commissioners talked about improving employee retention.

Vasquez speaks via Zoom during his clemency hearing.
Commutation reduces sentence in 1998 crime spree

Rogelio Vasquez’s extraordinary redemption story culminated when the governor signed a commutation.

Beluga last sighted near Whidbey

The beluga whale that first made an appearance in Puget Sound two weeks ago seems to have moved on.

See caption
Deer Lagoon Grange considered ‘distinguished’

The Deer Lagoon Grange was acknowledged as a 2020-2021 Distinguished Grange for its accomplishments.

Woman files lawsuit against alleged child rapist

The woman filed a complaint for damages against her former stepfather 73-year-old Charles Ringer Jr.

Coupeville employees to receive COVID premium pay

From Nov. 1 through the end of December, town employees will receive an extra $15 per hour.

Most Read