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Two City Council members have initiated a move to ban smoking and camp fires in our forest lands.

In the aftermath of this weekend’s fire at Little Cranberry Lake, Councilmembers Liz Lovelett and Ryan Walters introduced an ordinance at Monday night's City Council meeting that would prohibit smoking and camp fires within the Anacortes Community Forest Lands. Both would become a ticketable offense subject to a $250 fine.

Firefighters from multiple agencies have been fighting the Little Cranberry fire for several days, and currently have the fire 95% contained. The cause is not yet identified.

While many people may think that smoking and fires are already prohibited in the Forest Lands, in reality, the City does not have an ordinance on point. “It’s essential that we respond with policy to address the potential of more fires in the forestlands,” Councilmember Walters said. “We cannot afford additional events of this magnitude, or worse.”

The City of Anacortes maintains nearly 2,800 acres of forestland, much of which is protected by conservation easements held by Skagit Land Trust.

The ordinance as proposed would apply only to the forestland, and not to City parks, such as Washington Park, which does allow camping and campfires.

The City Council Parks and Recreation Committee is expected to consider the proposal at its next meeting.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,678 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

298 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
37,483 Fully Vaccinated
52,143 Initial Doses Given

Statewide

362,276 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,632 Hospitalizations

5,422 Deaths Statewide
1,982,674 Fully Vaccinated
2,927,970 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, April 21, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times

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