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Zero tolerance for operating a boat while under the influence

operation dry waterThe Mason County Sheriff’s Office Marine Enforcement Deputies will be out on patrol for the annual Operation Dry Water campaign. Statewide, officers will be out in force June 26, 27 and 28 looking for boat operators that are under the influence of drugs or alcohol (also known as BUI) and whose Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) exceeds the state limit of .08%.

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Governor issues emergency proclamation to prepare for extreme wildfire risk

With extraordinary heat and drought conditions across the state — and forecasts for more of the same — Governor Jay Inslee and Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark are taking steps to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires.

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Dep Dodge & Sheriff Salisbury & K-9 KonaDeputy Sean Dodge was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal at the Sheriff’s monthly Law Enforcement Breakfast held at the Little Creek Casino Friday, June 26, 2015.   Sheriff Casey Salisbury presented the award to Deputy Dodge for his work and dedication toward building the Mason County Sheriff’s Office K9 program into the outstanding program it is today.

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Mason County Shellfish Beaches in Hood Canal Closed Due to Marine Biotoxins

Shellfish samples from Hood Canal have been found to contain elevated levels of marine biotoxins that cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning {PSP). As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed the beaches from the Jefferson/Mason County line to just past Sisters Point to shellfish harvest. Shellfish harvested commercially are tested for toxin prior to distribution and should be safe to eat.

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Updated Burn Ban; DNR Expands Burn

The Mason County Community Development Director, as acting Fire Marshal, and in partnership with the Mason County  Fire Chiefs’ Association, has determined that current weather conditions within Mason County have created substantial fire dangers and that there is a need to enact restriction on outdoor burning to all lands regulated by Mason County.   This burn ban applies to ALL OUTDOOR BURNING, including land clearing and yard debris; with the exception of recreational fires in approved concrete, stone, or metal pits like those commonly found in campgrounds. The use of charcoal briquettes, gas and propane barbeques will continue to be allowed under the ban.

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Tips for Dealing with Extreme Heat from DEM

With the heat advisory in effect, the Mason County Department of Emergency Management has some tips for dealing with the heat:

The Mason County Division of Emergency Management (DEM) reminds everyone to stay out of the heat as much as they can, stay hydrated, and to check on elderly neighbors during this time. Also, do not leave children or pets in cars, trucks, or other vehicles unattended at all—temperatures can quickly become deadly.

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Heat Advisory in Effect until 5 AM Sunday

The National Weather service has issued a heat advisory for Hood Canal which is in effect from noon today (Friday) to 5 AM Sunday. The locations in the advisory area are mainly the south half of Hood Canal including Shelton and Elma.

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House pay tribute to late WSU President Dr. Elson Floyd

audio iconAs lawmakers in Olympia wait for a budget agreement, the House of Representatives took time Thursday to honor the life and contributions of the late Washington State University President Elson Floyd.

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Olympic National Park Enacts Campfire Restrictions

Olympic National Park has instituted a ban on all open fires in the park’s wilderness backcountry, including all locations along the wilderness coast.

As of 7:00 a.m. June 25, campfires will be permitted only in established fire grates at established front-country campgrounds. The burn restriction will remain in place until further notice.

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