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Summer Fire Danger

Holiday Hideaway Property Owners:

As we approach summer, the Board wanted to take an opportunity to remind everyone that our summers here on the island have been getting hotter and drier. As of May 10, 2019, there have already been 170 wildfires in Washington State, with 90 of those west of the Cascades.

Officials around the state are warning of an unprecedented wildfire season this summer.

As an island community, with limited resources, a limited water supply, and an all-volunteer fire department, we would like to ensure everyone is being as vigilant as possible during this heightened risk. We are posting additional information for resources at the bottom of this letter, on how you can both help to prepare your property, but also some common sense tips on things you can do to your property to minimize the possible spread of fires if they were to occur. 

At our Annual Meeting in April, we had Jenny Coe from the Skagit Conservation District present on some of these material, but since we know that not everyone is able to attend these meetings, we wanted to send this letter to raise the visibility of this important issue. One point we wanted to call out in particular in the “Community Wildfire Hazard Risk Assessment - Guemes Island” as prepared by the Skagit Conservation District and FireWise (linked below) - most of Holiday Hideaway is considered to be at either High or Extreme Fire Hazard; we have included this graphic on the back of this letter. 

Please take this into consideration as you make your summer plans. The Fire Department will post about impending or existing burn bans and the fire danger level on the island on all major roads; please respect these notices. The Board also reminds all owners that fireworks are not allowed in any part of Holiday Hideaway, and there are no fires or overnight camping allowed on any of our community beaches. Please remember that if a fire is caused due to negligence or inappropriate use of fireworks, you could be held personally liable for damages caused by that fire. 

Community Wildfire Hazard Risk Assessment - Guemes Island as reported by the Skagit Conservation District

Western Washington Forest Health Information

Washington State Department of Natural Resources - Firewise Information

 

The majority of the high and extreme wildfire risk on the island is located on the southeastern end. This end is extremely steep with slope percentages above 82%, very heavy fuel loads, well-drained soils with rock outcroppings, a deep duff layer, and homes intermixed. There are pockets similar to this on other areas of the island mostly around the shoreline, but the southeast end is the most concentrated. 

The Holiday Hideaway Water Company

Capital Improvment Projects

AT-1 Project Complete

An update that the new filtration / treatment system at Well-field #1 has been completed, is operational and is working as expected. This project was to remove the offensive sulfur smell that is common in the water from those wells. Since the new system has gone online, there has been no noticeably smell or complaints from residents. 

AT-2 Project Progress Update

This is the construction of a new holding tank and passive treatment of the water to both increase the amount of water that can be pumped, as well as help reduce both iron and manganese from the water. 

The Cultural review process – The Engineers have received the Determination of Non-Significance for this process.

The SEPA/Special Use Permit- The Engineers received the Determination of Non- Significance (DNS). The appeal period lasted until March 14, 2019. Skagit County and the Department of Health have issued their final determination and approval for the bid docuemnts for this project.

The bid documents are in the process of being reviewed by water company management with a schedule to be posted in the Anacortes American on May 29 & June 5. There will be a bid walkthrough on Friday, June 14

Ideally, we should be finishing up the awarding the project bid and gaining approval for construction from DOH around the same time.

Water Company Contact Information

The Holiday Hideaway Association has owned and operated our community water system since the spring of 2004. The Business Manager is Cas Hancock; the Bookkeeper is Darcy Daniells; and the Operator is Doug Last.

If there is a WATER EMERGENCY, please call Doug at 360-333-0107.

Questions about Association dues or Water bills may be sent to Darcy Daniels at billing@hhwater.org or call 360-299-4535. (PLEASE DO NOT USE DARCY’S PERSONAL PHONE NUMBER)

If you have any questions about  water system business, please feel free to ask Cas Hancock via e-mail sent to info@hhwater.org or call 360-770-4633.

Assocation questions can be directed to board@hhwater.org. 

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