Fireworks Prohibited on National Forests

Public Service Announcement: Pacific Northwest Region Olympic National Forest
Olympia, WA, June 29, 2018 – As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, fire officials want to remind visitors that fireworks are prohibited on all national forests.
“Fireworks of any kind are prohibited on the Olympic National Forest,” says Micah Johnson, Zoned Fire Management Officer, “we welcome visitors to our public lands, however, we ask that everyone stay safe and deal with fire responsibly.”
Fireworks are banned on national forests at all times, regardless of weather conditions. Violators can be subject to a maximum penalty of a fine of $5000 and/or up to six months in jail. Additionally, anyone who starts a wildfire can be held liable for suppression costs.
At this time, no other fire restrictions for the public are in place on the Olympic, but visitors are asked to be mindful of Washington’s increasingly dry conditions when visiting the national forest this summer.
If you plan on having a campfire, please remember:
  • Know before you go whether campfires are allowed where you are visiting and check if fire conditions have changed
  • Use a designated fire ring when available
  • Keep fires away from low-hanging vegetation
  • Keep water and a shovel nearby
  • Extinguish all campfires before leaving – remember, if it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave
Enjoy a great Fourth on your public lands, and play safely and conscientiously. Additional campfire and wildfire safety information can be found at www.smokeybear.com.

REGISTER TODAY! Emergency Prep Workshop Series for Vulnerable People.

The Port Ludlow Village Council Emergency Management Committee (PLVC-EM) will host STEPUP, a two-part “Special Training in Emergency Preparedness for Unique People”, on Monday, September 18, from 1pm-4pm, at the Beach Club, and 1pm-4pm, Wednesday, September 20, at the Bay Club. Unique people in this context are those with disabilities, Senior Citizens and the vulnerable population

Deb Reithmeyer, Program Coordinator for Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management (JCDEM), will facilitate the two-part workshop that will cover many unique topics, including sheltering in place, caring for your service animal or pet during a disaster, compiling your important documents prior to a disaster, among other related topics.

STEPUP is sponsored by the JCDEM and offered free of charge. However, seating is limited at both venues, so please pre-register today with Deb at dreithmeyer@co.jefferson.wa.us or 360-344-9728 so she knows how many people to expect. There will be a drawing for a Stuffed Grab and Go Backpacks at each session, but you must be present to win.

Please CLICK HERE to learn more about how to get ready and/or help your neighbors to do the same by becoming a PLVC-EM volunteer.

APPOINTMENT OF NEW DISASTER PREPAREDNESS DIRECTOR

Rob Stern has been appointed Disaster Preparedness Director by the PLVC Board of Directors. Port Ludlow has been without a Director for almost a year and Mr. Stern brings significant experience to this role. He is the founder and principal of Defense Research, LLC, which develops advanced media for civil defense and emergency response information systems. He has developed a Citizens’ Emergency Response Guide which contains considerable disaster preparedness information and self-help articles. It can be accessed at www.911emg.com. The Port Ludlow Disaster Preparedness organization involves about 100 volunteers throughout the Community and its mission continues to be threefold:

  • Educate residents
  • Be a communications vehicle
  • Foster self-help when needed

Following a disaster, information can be radioed to Communications Centers at the Bay and Beach Clubs and then is relayed to Jefferson County Emergency Management and Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue. An updated Disaster Preparedness Plan will be developed by Mr. Stern along with assistance from North Bay Coordinator Joe Lanjiahr and South Bay Coordinator Pat Lohrey. The first event of the new organization will be a Community Preparedness presentation by the American Red Cross in March. Details to follow.