Orcas Island Fire and Rescue responded to 57 calls in June, 40 were for emergency medical services. The rest were for fires or other services. So far in 2014 the department has responded to 459 calls, 123 of those are overlapping calls.
The year to date comparison: 405 for 2013; 329 for 2012.
Notable Alarms include:
Press Release: – A property owner who cleared shoreline vegetation along the west side of San Juan Island faces $79,000 in fines for state water quality and shoreline violations and an order to restore the damage.
National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service and possibly San Juan County fire crews plan to conduct a prescribed fire on the southwest slope of Young Hill between June 23 and mid-July, weather permitting, announced Superintendent Lee Taylor.
Prepare for the BioBlitz at San Juan Island National Historical Park and enjoy birding with a local flavor by consulting Spring Street International School's field guide to birds, assembled by Sharon Massey's Seventh Grade middle school science class.
More than 60,000 satisfied visitors crossed the thresholds of San Juan National Historical Park’s visitor centers in 2013, the most recorded in the 47-year history of the park, according to Mike Vouri, the park's chief of interpretation and visitor services.
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that more than 261,000 visitors in 2012 spent $14 million in San Juan Island National Historical Park and in communities in the northwest Washington region. That spending, which averages just over $53 per visitor, supported more than 167 jobs in the area.