Island briefs

Burn ban

The Kitsap County fire marshal has announced a Stage 1 ban on outdoor burning.

Outdoor burning is prohibited, and burning permits are suspended.

Exceptions include recreational fires in approved appliances and locations and permitted state or federal campgrounds.

Recreational burning includes small fires for cooking, religious or similar purposes, less than 3 feet in diameter in fire pits, fireplaces or outdoor appliances.

“The elevated temperatures (recently) dried fuels to a seasonal level making the ban on larger outdoor fires necessary,” county fire marshal David Lynam said.

Lynam does not expect to lift the ban until typical fall weather brings rainfall to the area. Those who have recreational fires are asked to always have a sufficient water source handy to put out the fire. Never leave any fire unattended.

Sockeye band

Noted keyboard player Steve Crampton and his Sockeye band will headline the weekend festivities at the annual Founders Tournament at Battle Point Park.

The dance band will perform from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 13 at the dinner benefitting the Bainbridge Historical Museum.

About half the price of dinner ($25 for adults, $8 for children), provided by West Sound caterer, Sauced, goes to the museum. Sauced is the brainchild of Mathew and Chelsea Ritualo. Their food truck specializes in traditional Filipino dishes with a Mexican twist. Mat is a BI native who graduated from Bainbridge High School.

For tickets or pickleball tournament times, category schedules, clinics and more, visit

Akio Day

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Akio Suyematsu Day on Aug. 19.

More information will be provided by the city as the date approaches.

Bainbridge Island placed a 5-acre core of the original Suyematsu farmstead on the local historic register in 2015. Not only is it the oldest continuously working farm on BI, it is unique because many of the original farm buildings are still intact.

Stop by the city’s booth at the Farmer’s Market Aug. 27 to learn more about the Suyematsu family and the farm.

Comp Plan update

Kitsap County will hold a virtual public meeting 6 p.m. Aug. 18 to discuss the update to the Comprehensive Plan.

Visit the project website at for the Zoom link to join.

The Comp Plan helps guide decision-making in addressing population and job growth, environmental protection and infrastructure investments through 2044. This includes the potential for new development, what it may look like and how it impacts communities. This update will emphasize housing affordability and climate change.

Staff will review the update process, key milestones and ways for the public to participate and provide feedback. Send specific questions and comments to or call Kitsap1 at 360-337-5777 and ask for Planning and Environmental Programs.