— from Marla Johns for Orcas Fire & Rescue —
UPDATE: 9:30 p.m. – August 6, 2017
Fire crews have cleared the scene at the Orcas Ferry Landing after a couple hours of assisting Sheriff’s Office deputies clear the roadway due to a disabled ferry mucking up travel plans for many.
When asked by Orcas Issues just how bad it was out there, one of the firefighters who had been to the scene said, “Oh, you know. It was like the old days — cars parked down around the corner.”
As of 10 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office also reports there deputies have cleared the scene
5:15 p.m. – August 6, 2017 – Orcas Island Fire and Rescue are currently providing mutual aid to the San Juan County Sheriffs Department for extreme congestion and crowd control near the Orcas Ferry Terminal.
The ferry delays have resulted in hundreds of vehicles stuck in the ferry area. This is creating a road and pedestrian hazard.
Please avoid the Orcas Ferry holding area and surrounding roads if at all possible.