Important Update on Coronavirus and our Response
Good Morning!
Friday, October 7, 2022
THIS MORNING: Passing clouds, 61°F
FORECAST FOR ASHFORD, WA:
Friday Morning: Passing clouds. Cool. Temperature 61°F (Feels like 61°F). Relative Humidity 62%. 0% chance of precipitation. Southeast winds at 4 mph.
Friday Afternoon: Sunny. Warm. Temperature 79°F (Feels like 79°F). Relative Humidity 42%. 0% chance of precipitation. North winds at 5 mph.
Friday Evening: Mostly clear. Cool. Temperature 62°F (Feels like 62°F). Relative Humidity 83%. 0% chance of precipitation. East winds at 4 mph.
Friday Night: Clear. Cool. Temperature 55°F (Feels like 54°F). Relative Humidity 88%. 0% chance of precipitation. Southeast winds at 5 mph.
Saturday Morning: Passing clouds. Cool. Temperature 53°F (Feels like 52°F). Relative Humidity 89%. 0% chance of precipitation. Southeast winds at 4 mph.
Saturday Afternoon: Sunny. Warm. Temperature 78°F (Feels like 79°F). Relative Humidity 43%. 0% chance of precipitation. North winds at 6 mph.
Forecast Updated: 10/07/2022 7:00 AM
2022 RESPONSES
Calls To Date:
TYPE 2022 AVG DIFF
Total: 257 228 +13%
EMS: 193 (75%) 165 (72%) +17%
Fire: 51 (20%) 44 (19%) +16%
Other: 13 (5%) 18 (8%) -28%
Total in 2021: 472 (1.30 calls/day)
So far in 2022, we've had an average of 0.94 calls per day
As of Friday, September 30, 2022
BURN PERMITS
Online Burn Permit Application
FIRE DANGER
Pierce County
MODERATE
Updated 10/07/2022
Lewis County
MODERATE
Updated 10/07/2022
Gifford Pinchot NF/USFS
HIGH
Updated 10/07/2022
BURN BANS
Pierce County
Effective Friday, August 5, 2022 at 12:01 AM, a county-wide outdoor burn ban will be in place for all land clearing and yard debris outdoor burning
Effective 08/05/2022 12:01 AM
Lewis County
Effective 12:01 A.M., July 15, 2022, the Lewis County Fire Marshal will be enacting burn restrictions on outdoor burning for all of unincorporated Lewis County, Washington.
Effective 07/15/2022 12:01 AM
DNR Pierce County
Effective July 7, 2022 at 12:01 AM. All debris burning on DNR jurisdiction is prohibited. This includes rule burning and permit burning. Campfires are allowed in approved, designated campgrounds only.
Effective 07/07/2022 12:01 AM
DNR Lewis County
Effective July 7, 2022 at 12:01 AM. All debris burning on DNR jurisdiction is prohibited. This includes rule burning and permit burning. Campfires are allowed in approved, designated campgrounds only.
Effective 07/07/2022 12:01 AM
Gifford Pinchot NF/USFS
Campfires are prohibited within the Forest except at these listed designated developed sites. Portable stoves, lanterns/heating devices using liquefied/bottled fuel, such as propane, are OK as they can be instantly switched off.
Effective 08/08/2022 12:01 AM
Air Quality
No Burn Ban
Effective 12/29/2020 03:08 PM
More Info: (360) 569-2752
Updated: 08/08/2022 07:08 PM by SRB
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ABOUT PIERCE COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT #23
THIS SECTION CONTAINS

Pierce County Fire District 23 was established in 1967 with stations in Ashford and Elbe. In 2010, District 23 began providing service to the citizens of Lewis County Fire District 17 (Big Creek) by contract - utilizing the Big Creek station and apparatus. In 2009, District 23 purchased the old Department of Natural Resources compound near Alder and converted it into an additional fire station to better serve the citizens in the west end of the district. Our district covers an area of 67 square miles, including the communities of Ashford, Elbe, Alder, and Big Creek. We also provide and receive mutual aid with the surrounding areas of South Pierce Fire & Rescue, Mineral Fire Department, and Mount Rainier National Park.

Tender operations training in Elbe, June 5, 2017

Pierce 23 Fire & Rescue is a combination department, with a paid full-time Fire Chief and a part-time administrative assistant. We currently have approximately 30 volunteer members, including a Training Captain, four lieutenants, a Safety Officer, a Chaplain, Firefighters, EMT's, and support personnel. The department is governed by an elected board of three fire commissioners. Commissioners meetings are held on the second Monday of each month, at 7 pm, at Station 87 in Ashford, and are open to the public.

We typically respond to about 280 calls annually. Our members make themselves available to respond to calls for service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by either responding from home/work or by working standby shifts at the stations. We respond to calls including structural fires, medical emergencies, vehicle collisions, water rescues, technical rescues, wildland fires, and other citizen assistance. We also provide fire and injury prevention and education services to members of the community. Follow the links on the website for more information on our services.

History of the Department

We have been serving the Upper Nisqually Valley for over 50 years. Please click here to read a comprehensive history about the department!