Single inhabitant of Protection Island safe from blaze

Laura Jean Schneider
Posted 8/3/21

A mass of smoke rising from Protection Island was seen late Tuesday morning by multiple eye-witnesses. 

Multiple emergency responders have been called out to fight the fire. 

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Single inhabitant of Protection Island safe from blaze

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A mass of smoke rising from Protection Island was seen late Tuesday morning by multiple eye-witnesses. 

Multiple emergency responders have been called out to fight the fire. 

Details were initially sparse. 

Although the island is a National Wildlife Refuge and closed to the public, Marty Bluewater is the sole caretaker of the island. 

Bluewater has confirmed to The Leader that he is not on the island, but awaiting news about his home from a boat in Seattle.

Protection Island is a crucial wildlife habitat.

According to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s website, recreation.gov, 70 percent of nesting seabirds in the Puget Sound area and Straits of San Juan de Fuca depend on the island’s unique habitat, including 50 percent of the last remaining tufted puffins in Puget Sound. 

It is currently pupping season for up to 1,000 harbor seals that inhabit Protection Island.

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