Submitted by San Juan County fire chiefs
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 an indefinite fire ban for all activities which began Sept. 7.
Hot and dry weather has made conditions ripe for ignition and fast fire spread, and forecasts predict more of the same. Multiple local brush fires broke out over the weekend, underscoring the danger. Large fires in progress across the state have depleted all but local firefighting resources.
“Escaped outdoor fires are a leading cause of wildland fires, prevention of these situations is of paramount importance and eliminating burning achieves this goal,” stated Fire Marshal R.J. Myers
The fire ban includes all burning including recreational campfires and the use of charcoal grills.
In addition, island residents and visitors are asked to be even more careful than normal about any other activity that could potentially start a fire, including working with metal-bladed tools in dry areas, careless discarding of cigarettes and parking in high dry grass.
While outdoor fires are to blame for many dangerous brush fires, there are other causes as well the situation is serious, and we really need everyone’s help limiting all ignition sources. Dispose of smoking materials properly. Secure trailer chains to prevent sparks. Defer mowing until conditions improve. And be cautious with tall grass and hot exhaust.
In any emergency situation always call 911 immediately.
Thank you for your help in keeping our islands safe and fire-free.