NEWS BRIEFS: Landslide cleared near Quilcene; crabbing season delayed

QUILCENE — A landslide about 4 miles east of Quilcene that blocked East Quilcene Road in both directions Saturday has been cleared, according to Jefferson County Public Utility District.

The landslide took out power lines and left more than 150 people without electricity after heavy rain.

The slide, which occurred around milepost 3.25 on East Quilcene Road at about 11 a.m., caused power outages along East Sandy Shore and East Quilcene roads, according to Deputy Chief Don Svetich of Quilcene Fire Rescue.

Jefferson PUD tweeted the slide had been cleared at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday. By about 5:47 p.m. Saturday, power had been fully restored, according to Jefferson PUD.

In Jefferson County, power outages can be reported to the PUD by calling 360-385-5800.

Crab season delay

OLYMPIA — Washington state shellfish managers have delayed the opening of the commercial crabbing season off a portion of the southern coast.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife said recent tests show crab caught along the coast

are safe to eat but they want to do more tests before starting the commercial fishery.

They’re concerned about a natural toxin called domoic acid that can be harmful or even fatal if eaten in large quantities.

Officials hope to open the stretch from the Columbia River to Klipsan Beach by mid-December.

It was originally set to open Thursday.

The delay also includes the Willapa Bay commercial fishery.

Recreational crabbing is open in all coastal waters, as well as in several areas of Puget Sound.

State officials say crab sold from tribal fisheries — which are open along the central and northern coast — have been tested and are safe to eat.

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