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It was a sunny Saturday afternoon, but the black smoke trailing over March Point might have left the impression there was a refinery fire, but that's not what was going on.


Firefighters from several Skagit County fire districts practices firefighting techniques at an empty home on East March Point Road. One firefighter quipped "They didn't pay their taxes." But, he quickly added "This is serious training for us."

The firefighters came from Anacortes, Bayview, Guemes Island, Hope Island, La Conner, McLean Road, Mount Erie, Summit Park and Tesoro fire departments.

The training exercise didn't seem to attract a lot of attention. A dozen or so onlookers were watching from across the road as several dozen firefighters started a fire in the house, then put it out, only to start all over again.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,122 Confirmed Skagit Cases
379 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

259 Hospitalizations
61 Deaths
7,743 Fully Vaccinated
26,198 Doses Given


319,498 Confirmed Cases Statewide
19,224 Hospitalizations

4,942 Deaths Statewide

Updated 6 pm, February 25, 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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