Kitsap County News

Kitsap County Fire Marshal relaxes outdoor burning restrictons9/21/2023

Kitsap County Fire Marshal relaxes outdoor burning restrictons


Health District issues shellfish harvesting advisory9/7/2023

Shellfish harvesting closed for eastern shoreline of Kitsap County, including Bainbridge Island

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Sept. 6, 2023


Shellfish harvesting closed for eastern shoreline of Kitsap County, including Bainbridge and Blake islands

Samples show high levels of marine biotoxin paralytic shellfish poison (PSP). 

CLOSURE AREA: Eastern shoreline of Kitsap County from Foulweather Bluff to the Pierce County line, including all islands, bays and inlets. This includes all shoreline on Bainbridge and Blake islands. Check the state shellfish safety map to view specific locations.

Note: Hood Canal shoreline is not included in this closure. However, a summer vibrio advisory remains in effect for Hood Canal through the end of September. 

All existing shellfish closures remain in effect.  

SPECIES AFFECTED: All recreational shellfish harvesting for all species of clams, oysters, and mussels.

Shrimp and crab are not included in this closure, but crabs should be cleaned prior to cooking, and the “crab butter” should be discarded. 



Anyone planning to harvest or consume local, recreationally-harvested shellfish must first:


1) Check the safety status of shellfish harvesting:

 2) Check the harvest seasons and licensing requirements:

  • Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife website
  • Call 1-866-880-5431 

SYMPTOMS OF PSP:  Early symptoms of PSP include tingling of the lips and tongue, which may begin within minutes of eating toxic shellfish or may take an hour or two to develop. Symptoms may progress to tingling of fingers and toes and then loss of control of arms and legs, followed by difficulty in breathing. Some people feel nauseous or experience a sense of floating. If a person consumes enough toxin, muscles of the chest and abdomen become paralyzed, including muscles used for breathing, and the victim can suffocate. Death from PSP has occurred in less than 30 minutes.



Preliminary test results for samples collected this week from several points on the eastern shoreline of Kitsap County indicated extreme high levels of PSP. Final results are not yet available. 

Warning signs will be posted at public beaches alerting people not to collect shellfish from the closure areas. 


Tad Sooter | Public Information Officer
Kitsap Public Health District
360-728-2330 - office | 360-728-2235 - main |



County Commissioners appoint Representative Drew Hansen as 23rd District Senator 8/23/2023

The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners appointed State Representative Drew Hansen Aug. 23 to fill the vacancy of State Senator representing the 23rd Legislative District. Representative Hansen replaces Christine Rolfes who resigned from the position with her appointment as Kitsap County Commissioner June 5.

Rep. Hansen has represented the 23rd District since 2011. He said he is deeply honored and grateful for the opportunity to continue serving the community in the Senate. The date of his swearing in will be announced at a later date.

Kitsap County Commissioners conducted interviews with three top candidates nominated by Kitsap County Democrats to fill the vacated Senate seat. In addition to Rep. Hansen, those included Brynn Felix and Chris Cancialosi.

“The Democratic Party sent us really superb, qualified candidates and we had meaningful conversations with each of them,” said Commissioner Charlotte Garrido, chair of the Board of County Commissioners. “Drew has a proven track record of improving the life of citizens and will continue the great work of former Senator Rolfes, working across the aisle for Kitsap County.”

With Rep. Hansen’s appointment to the Senate, Kitsap Democrats will begin the process to fill the seat he vacates in the House of Representatives and forward three candidates to County Commissioners, who will conduct interviews and make an appointment to fill the position. The timeframe is yet to be determined.

Kitsap County remains under a Stage 2 burn ban7/11/2023

Stage 2 burn ban starts Wednesday (7/12/23)

Point No Point County Park remains closed to vehicular traffic5/17/2023

May 17, 2023

Point No Point County Park and Lightstation remains closed to vehicular traffic for the foreseeable future due to storm and flooding impacts. A portion of Point No Point Road remains closed to the public but is open for residents to access their properties. Point No Point Road and Park are open to the US Coast Guard, employees of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and U.S. Lighthouse Society, U.S. Lighthouse Society vacation rentals, contractors, and service vehicles. Authorized vehicles will display a permit in their vehicles. 

Pedestrian access to Point No Point Park is permitted from Thor's Road trailhead. Please obey all trail signs and respect private property.

On May 1,  the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) opened its parking lot located on Point No Point Road for the summer season. The lot may be used as a place for visitors to park and walk to Point No Point Park. A Discover Pass is required to park in the WDFW parking lot and can be purchased online or in person. Details at

Visitors are asked to:

• Respect the beach and tidelands on both sides of the WDFW access area, as they are privately owned, and treat these areas with care and consideration.  Refrain from stopping or loitering on private tidelands.

• To reach Point No Point Park, visitors should walk along the road; this is indicated on the provided map above and signage at the site. This route is intended to lead visitors to the park safely while minimizing disturbance to the neighboring properties.

For questions or more information, please contact

Park repairs and beach rehabilitation are currently under evaluation; park access and use may change to accommodate construction and repair work.  New updates will be posted as needed.

Details at or visit the Kitsap County Parks website.

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