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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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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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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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Police Investigating a Death Near Blakely School

This morning at 9:30 Bainbridge police were dispatched to a residence on Avalon Lane near Blakely Elementary School after a neighbor called 911 regarding a death. Police are not saying much about the deceased, an adult female, other than that they are launching an investigation into the manner of her death. Chief Matt Hamner said that…

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House Fire on Eric Ave

Bainbridge Island firefighters are securing a house fire on Eric Avenue that was called in this afternoon at 3:41. The fire started after egg carton embers were left in an indoor compost bin next to the home’s garage. The egg carton was believed to be extinguished, but it was still smoldering and spread to nearby combustible…

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Spice Route Restaurant Helping out with Nepal Relief Effort

Throughout the month of May, Spice Route Restaurant, located in the Pavilion, is donating half of all proceeds from Mondays to help Nepal Relief. The donations are part of an effort by Friends of Nepal, an informal group of citizens including Spice Route owner Ramesh Kuwar and Mickey Molnaire, Elizabeth Dequine, Usha McCollum, Mary Alice Oneill,…

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Update on Search for a Person Overboard the Puyallup

Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Sarah Mooers said that the Coast Guard continued searching until past midnight last night, April 26, for a possible person overboard from the 9 p.m. Puyallup ferry out of Seattle. After a USCG crew switch, she said, the search resumed with first light, still consisting of a helicopter out of Port Angeles…

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Coast Guard Searching for Person in Water

[Updated at 10:14 p.m.] Chief Petty Officer David Moseley of the U.S. Coast Guard has confirmed that crew of the ferry Puyallup found a life ring with an activated strobe light in the water along its 9 p.m. run from Seattle to Bainbridge tonight, April 26. It is uncertain whether or not a person jumped…

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