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Kingston Trailer Explodes—Man Sustains Severe Burns

Yesterday morning, October 27, a 20-foot travel trailer exploded at the Brazeau Mobile Home and RV Park, located off of NE State Highway 104, west of Kingston. Kitsap County Sheriff’s patrol deputies responded to the park around 9:30 a.m. for a welfare check on a 59- year-old man who lived in the trailer. A family member had…

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Search and Rescue Called off—Seal’s the Deal

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Third Class Amanda Norcross told IB that the search and rescue was suspended a while ago for a person overboard the ferry Puyallup this evening, October 21, on the 4:40 run out of Seattle. After passengers reported seeing someone in the water, the ferry came to a stop in the…

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Search Continues for Man Overboard

The 4:40 Puyallup ferry, which was en route to Bainbridge this evening, October 21, at the time a call went out of a man overboard, remains stopped (as of 6 p.m.) off Alki near West Seattle for a search and rescue operation. The Coast Guard continues its search in the area for a man overboard. Petty Officer Third Class Amanda Norcross…

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Puyallup Delayed by Search and Rescue Operation

Petty Officer Third Class Katelyn Shearer confirmed this afternoon, October 21, at 5:25 that the Coast Guard was notified a short while earlier that a person might have gone overboard the ferry Puyallup. Shearer said three Coast Guard vessels were being sent to the ferry for search and rescue, including one launched from Coast Guard Seattle and one diverted from another mission. More…

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“Suspicious” Fire at Island Crossings Condos Under Investigation

At 3:23 Sunday morning, October 4, a fire in the living room of a vacant third floor condo apartment at Island Crossings on High School Road activated one of the apartment’s emergency sprinklers. The sprinkler extinguished the fire, but the water flow alarm was triggered, alerting everyone in the building to the fire. The Bainbridge Island Fire Department…

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PSE Explains Recent Outages, Takes Steps to Improve Conditions

Ray Lane, the Media Engagement Lead for Puget Sound Energy, acknowledges “it has been a frustrating late summer” for PSE customers on Bainbridge. He’s referring to the four major outages affecting the Island in recent weeks. This past Sunday, September 27, a red alder fell onto the Foss Corner-Port Madison transmission line on Miller Road. That’s one…

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Bring out the Marshmallows—Burn Ban Downgraded

This afternoon, August 31, the Bainbridge Island Fire Department announced that the Phase Two burn ban has been lifted. What that means is that recreational fires less than three feet in diameter and at least 25 feet from buildings and combustibles are allowed at this time. Fires in outdoor fireplaces and campfires in approved locations in…

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Bainbridge Helps Fight the Fires in Eastern Washington

Islanders are doing their part to fight the fires throughout the state, which as of yesterday, August 25, had consumed more than 709,000 acres in Eastern, Central Washington and Skagit County, according to the Department of Emergency Management. The help comes from our fire department and from our city government. Bainbridge Island Fire Department personnel are working alongside…

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Fires “Deliberately Set” at Fort Ward Park

Just before 7 a.m. this morning, August 22, the Bainbridge Island Fire Department was dispatched to the upper portion of Fort Ward Park for a fire in the brush. Twelve firefighters responded. They were met by concerned walkers at the park who directed them to the fires. Using their year-old brush rig, which is smaller than…

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Brush fire by Luke Carpenter

Large Brush Fire Threatens Valley off Fletcher Bay

The 911 call came in at 2:49 this afternoon, July 31. A man had been mowing a grassy field on his property just south of Island Center Hall, ironically to reduce fire danger, when a spark from the mower set the grass on fire. The man saw the fire and responded right away, but by…

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Porch Lights on: National Night Out Moves to Town Square (with Pie Toss)

The annual free-food, free-information, free-fun event sponsored by the Bainbridge Island Police Department and local businesses to raise awareness about crime, crime prevention, and preparedness won’t be at Sakai this year as it has the previous two years. As it was in 2012, National Night Out will be held in City Hall Town Square, in…

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The Meeks by Sarah Lane

Bainbridge Dad and Daughter to Be Honored by Coast Guard Tomorrow

The evening of August 31, 2014, Island father-daughter team Sean and Grace Meek were calmly fishing near Blakely Rock off Eagle Harbor. But within the next hour the two would have helped rescue eight people and a dog who were in peril. Tomorrow, July 24, the Coast Guard is honoring the duo with the Coast Guard…

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Close the Fire Pit: All Recreational Fires Now Banned in Kitsap

This past Friday, July 10, the Kitsap County Fire Marshal initiated a Phase II burn ban, countywide. That means that all outdoor recreational fires, even those in fire pits and campgrounds, are forbidden. No open flames are permitted. The only exceptions are gas- or propane-fired appliances and barbecues using charcoal briquettes. The reason for the expansion…

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The Two Chiefs Thank You for Your Cooperation

Bainbridge Fire Chief Hank Teran and Police Chief Matt Hamner are psyched about the community’s respect for the fireworks ban over the July 4th weekend. This morning they issued the following letter to the community to show their appreciation: In targeting for thanks “all of you who complied” with the ban, the Chiefs are acknowledging that compliance…

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Brush Fire Early This Morning on New Brooklyn

Just after 6 a.m. this morning, July 3, residents of the Commodore neighborhood spotted smoke coming from the woods between the high school and the bus barn on New Brooklyn. When Bainbridge Island Fire crews arrived, they found a 20 foot by 20 foot area of brush in the deep woods on fire. Fire Marshal…

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Fireworks Banned on Bainbridge for Season

[Updated at 4:04 p.m. and 5:52 p.m., June 29, 2015.] At about 3 p.m. today the City of Bainbridge Island (COBI) announced that the Bainbridge Island Fire Department (BIFD) has banned personal-use fireworks, effective immediately. The ban is a response to the extreme fire danger this year due to record-breaking dry, hot weather conditions. The…

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Following Recent Brush Fires, BIFD Asks You to ‘Be Very Careful and Very Vigilant’

Although thunderstorms moved through over the weekend, Bainbridge Island Assistant Fire Chief Jared Moravec said this morning, June 29, “In a nutshell, they didn’t produce enough precipitation to fill a nutshell.” He added, “It’s still extremely dry. We’re asking people to be very careful and very vigilant with any type of outdoor burning.” In fact, Moravec…

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Weather: Urgent Fire Warning with Possibly Abundant Lightning

The National Weather Service has issued an urgent red flag warning for this afternoon, June 27, through Sunday night. The warmest temperatures of the year so far will fuel already extremely dry conditions and create an unstable air mass that could result in wind, thunderstorms, and abundant lightning through the weekend. Precipitation that could accompany…

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No Fire Behind Today’s Pavilion Evacuation

Today, June 17, around 11:45 a.m., the smoke alarm was activated at the Pavilion on Madison. The Bainbridge Island Fire Department evacuated the building as a precaution and then set about investigating the cause of the alarm and the source of the smoke that seemed to be coming out of the HVAC system. When the…

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Bainbridge Death Ruled a Suicide; Victim’s Friend Speaks out

The Kitsap County Coroner’s Office announced today that the official cause of death of a Bainbridge Island woman earlier this week is suicide. After next of kin were notified, Deputy Coroner Nathan Edwards released her identity. Melissa Ripley, 34, died of a single penetrating gun shot wound to the head. Neighbors on Avalon Lane off of…

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