Bainbridge Island Fire Marshal Luke Carpenter said rising summer
temperatures have dramatically increased the danger of wildfires on
Currently, the fire danger is “moderate” – which could be
raised if temperatures stay high and rain continues to not fall in
the near future.
Currently, only recreational fires are allowed on Bainbridge.
Carpenter’s guidelines for recreational fires include:
– Fires may not be larger than 3 feet in diameter.
– Only dry, natural fire wood may be burned.
– Fires should not be closer than 25 feet to combustible
structures such as houses, fences and sheds.
– A garden hose should be kept handy to extinguish a fire
after people are done with it.
– Watch for sparks and embers blowing in the wind.
– An adult should be present at all times.
– Extinguish all fires before leaving a site.
“People don’t realize we have a potential wildfire problem on
the island,” Bainbridge Fire Chief Hank Teran said recently. “If we
have dry climate and proper fuel conditions we can have significant
potential to have a wildfire. Since 1989, we average between 10-30
wildfires in a calendar year and we’ve been very fortunate they’ve
For more information, visit the Bainbridge Island Fire
Department’s website at www.bifd.org
or contact the fire marshal’s office at 206-451-2033.
Here’s the Friday preview: Bainbridge edition for April 5.
Feel free to give your own events a plug in the comment section
below. Above, one of these five men will be the next chief of
Bainbridge police. From left, Richard Daniels, Harry Glidden,
Richard Goerling, Matthew Hamner, and Bryce Johnson
met with islanders Thursday. We expect to learn the city’s pick
early next week.
National Weather Service expects our “unsettled” weather to
continue through the weekend. Rain and gusty winds are likely,
along with a chance of thunderstorms Saturday. Daytime temperatures
will hover in the mid 50s.
Sports: Baseball hosts Eastside Catholic
at 4 p.m. today. The JV squad plays at 2 p.m.
team will visit the San Juan Islands this weekend for the
Here’s the Friday preview: Bainbridge
edition for March 29. Feel free to give your own events a plug in
the comment section below. Above, a pair of lambs and their mother
enjoy some sunshine Tuesday in a field off Madison Avenue NE.
(Meegan Reid photo)