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February  11, 2024
MacKaye Harbor Structure Fire

Press Release

February 13th, 2024

 

SAN JUAN COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT 4

Lopez Island Fire and EMS Department

2228 Fisherman Bay Road

Lopez Island, WA 98261

 

 

On Sunday, February 11th, Lopez Fire and EMS responded to a structure fire in the 700 block of MacKaye Harbor Road.   On arrival crews found the rear of the structure heavily involved and the  fire spread very quickly throughout the single-family residence. 

 

Despite the efforts of Lopez firefighters, the structure is a total loss. The home continued to smolder overnight and crews remained on scene to manage any flareups.  Fire crews made access to the structure during the daylight hours on Monday to extinguish any remaining hot spots and recover valuables for the residents. The Red Cross was contacted to offer assistance to the structure's residents, who were luckily able to get out of the home quickly and with minimal injuries.  

 

Lopez Firefighters, EMS and Logistics crew members all responded to this incident along with assistance from OPALCO and The American Red Cross.  One resident received minor burn injuries while trying to extinguish the fire with an extinguisher. There were no injuries to fire personnel.  Chad Kimple the County Fire Marshall was on scene Monday morning to investigate and determined the fire was accidental and caused by an unattended pan on a stove top. 

UPDATE:
January  14, 2024
Whiskey Hill Structure Fire

February 1st, 2024

from SAN JUAN COUNTY FIRE MARSHAL NEWS

On Sunday January 14, 2024, Lopez Island Fire and EMS responded to a structure fire in the 500 block of Whiskey Hill Rd. The Fire Department arrived to a working structure fire and confirmed all occupants were accounted for. Fire suppression efforts were made effectively during the cold and freezing conditions. 

No injuries to the homeowners, the public, or first responders were reported. Lopez Island Fire and EMS requested the San Juan County Fire Marshal respond to investigate the cause and origin of the fire. 

The fire investigation has been ruled accidental in nature involving a portable, electric oil-filled heater. 

The San Juan County Fire Marshal would like to remind all homeowners to have working smoke detectors, at least one portable fire extinguisher, and an escape plan in case of a fire.

 

Contact:

Chad Kimple, San Juan County Fire Marshal, (360) 378-3473 (FIRE), firemarshal@sanjuanco.com

link: https://www.sanjuancountywa.gov/civicalerts.aspx?AID=1557

Press Release

January 14th, 2024

 

SAN JUAN COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT 4

Lopez Island Fire and EMS Department

2228 Fisherman Bay Road

Lopez Island, WA 98261

 

 

On Sunday, January 14th, Lopez Fire and EMS responded to a structure fire in the 500 block of Whiskey Hill.   Upon arrival, crews found a single family dwelling with smoke and fire showing. Because of the steep terrain and icy conditions, efforts are ongoing to completely extinguish the smoldering.  The Red Cross has been contacted and is helping to find housing for the structure's residents.  Crews are expected to be onsite into Sunday night.

 

We would like to credit our Firefighters, EMS and Logistics crew members.  There have been no  injuries, to crew or residents. Damage estimates are unknown at this time and the fire remains under investigation by the the San Juan County Fire Marshall, who was on scene soon after the Incident was paged out. No cause has been determined at this time.


San Juan County Fire District 4 reminds everyone to have working smoke alarms in their homes and to have an escape plan, practice it, and be prepared to use it in the event of a fire.

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Lopez Fire & EMS -  

Fire Station 41 at 2228 Fisherman Bay Road

has FREE COVID tests for you!

 

Please come and pick up your FREE 5-Pack of COVID tests

today to take home and use at your discretion!

* If you have active COVID symptoms, please do not come into the Fire Station…call us at 360-468-2991 and we will bring the COVID tests out to your vehicle. *

* Tests are not to be performed at the station*

Wildfire Mitigation and Risk

There has been a lot of concern about wildfire here on Lopez since the recent, tragic events in Maui. The County Fire Chiefs, County Emergency Management, and our partnering agencies met August 22nd to put together messaging to answer some common questions we have all been getting, that document is posted below. I invite you to click the link below to sign up for the County Dept of Emergency Management reverse 911 emergency alert system. You don't need to be signed up to get alerts but this will allow alerts to be sent to you via the phone numbers and email addresses of your choice. Click on San Juan County Emergency Management below to access their full site. As Always, Lopez Fire and EMS is available for Fire Wise visits to your home, call or use the contact link in the menu above to request a visit.     

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August 22nd Beverly Lane Incident

Press Release

August 23rd, 2023

 

SAN JUAN COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT 4

Lopez Island Fire and EMS Department

2228 Fisherman Bay Road

Lopez Island, WA 98261

 

 

On Tuesday August 22nd at 4:49 pm, Lopez Fire and EMS responded to a structure fire in the 200 block of Beverly Lane. The fire was called in to 911 by a neighbor who saw flames outside in front of the structure. The first arriving officers found heavy flames to 75% of the structure and in the yard directly in front of the structure. This incident was originally reported as a wildland fire and our first arriving attack unit, a wildland engine, pulled a small hose line, to begin suppressing the heat and flames. This unit was quickly followed by a structure engine that pulled larger attack lines and suppressed the fire. A water tender arrived and ran a supply line from the hydrant at the intersection of Beverly Lane and Ferry Road. The fire was extinguished at approximately 5:30 pm and firefighters spent the next few hours extinguishing hot spots. Fire personnel cleared the scene at 8:30 pm with one person remaining to watch for flare ups until 10:00 pm. Lopez Fire and EMS was assisted by San Juan County Sheriff’s Deputies and a Washington State DNR helicopter crew, who saw the plume of smoke while leaving a fire on Lummi Island and came to assist in any way they could. They were utilized to mop up hot spots in the surrounding trees and salal, which had minimal spread due to moisture content.

 

The San Juan County Fire Marshall was at the site at 8:30 am Wednesday morning to begin an investigation, which is ongoing. No cause has been determined at this time, but it appears to have originated outside the structure on a deck.

 

The structure and its belongings are a total loss. There were no residents home, and nobody was physically hurt because of this fire.

ABOUT

San Juan County Fire District No. 4 is a rural fire district that serves Lopez Island in the San Juan archipelago in Washington state. Lopez Fire and EMS operates from 4 stations providing emergency services to a 29 Square mile first due response area with a year-round population of approximately 2700 that more than doubles with vacationing visitors. The community is a mixture of residential, agriculture, forest land, and commercial with some industrial manufacturing facilities and a wide variety of recreational areas. The community is heavily impacted by tourism, with visitors coming to utilize the area for outdoor activities. This includes fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, and boating. Population increases can fluctuate up to 7,000 visitors at any given time, depending on the season.

 

The fire district is governed by a 3-member elected board of Fire Commissioners and is operationally overseen by the Fire Chief who works with very capable administrative and field personnel. Currently Lopez Fire and EMS has 3 career Captains on rotating 48-hour shifts and 1 career Firefighter EMT who works 10-hour days. The majority of emergency personnel respond from home to our 4 fire stations strategically located throughout the island. Lopez Fire and EMS provides the community a wide range of services utilizing career and volunteer personnel, including structural and wildland firefighting, ALS/BLS ambulance transport services, rescue services, and operations Level HAZMAT.

San Juan County Fire District 4 is funded through both a general tax levy and an EMS levy. Together these levies generate approximately 94% of our operating revenue. The second source is fee-for-service Advanced Life Support services, which generates 3% of our operating revenue, Lopez Fire and EMS never bills Lopez Island residents for services not covered under insurance.

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