Important Update on Coronavirus and our Response
PARTIAL AND TOTAL BURN BANS IN EFFECT FOR ALL AREAS SERVED BY PCFD#23
Good Morning!
Thursday, September 23, 2021
THIS MORNING: Low clouds, 55°F
FORECAST FOR ASHFORD, WA:
Thursday Morning: Low clouds. Cool. Temperature 55°F (Feels like 55°F). Relative Humidity 91%. 1% chance of precipitation. North winds at 4 mph.
Thursday Afternoon: Mostly sunny. Mild. Temperature 68°F (Feels like 68°F). Relative Humidity 57%. 0% chance of precipitation. North winds at 6 mph.
Thursday Evening: Mostly sunny. Cool. Temperature 57°F (Feels like 57°F). Relative Humidity 82%. 0% chance of precipitation. Northeast winds at 4 mph.
Thursday Night: Clear. Cool. Temperature 48°F (Feels like 47°F). Relative Humidity 89%. 0% chance of precipitation. Southeast winds at 4 mph.
Friday Morning: Mostly sunny. Cool. Temperature 47°F (Feels like 46°F). Relative Humidity 94%. 0% chance of precipitation. North winds at 4 mph.
Friday Afternoon: Mostly sunny. Mild. Temperature 77°F (Feels like 78°F). Relative Humidity 43%. 0% chance of precipitation. North winds at 6 mph.
Forecast Updated: 9/23/2021 9:00 AM
2021 RESPONSES
Calls To Date:
TYPE 2021 AVG DIFF
Total: 310 191 +62%
EMS: 226 (73%) 138 (72%) +64%
Fire: 59 (19%) 36 (19%) +64%
Other: 25 (8%) 16 (8%) +56%
Total in 2020: 356 (0.98 calls/day)
So far in 2021, we've had an average of 1.28 calls per day
As of Tuesday, August 31, 2021
BURN PERMITS
Online Burn Permit Application
FIRE DANGER
Pierce County
MODERATE
Updated 09/23/2021
Lewis County
HIGH
Updated 09/23/2021
Gifford Pinchot NF/USFS
HIGH
Updated 09/23/2021
BURN BANS
Pierce County
No Burn Ban
Effective 09/21/2021 08:00 AM
Lewis County
Burn ban on for land clearing and yard debris outdoor burning. Recreational campfires and solid fuel BBQ type fires are now allowed.
Effective 09/22/2021 08:00 AM
DNR Pierce County
TOTAL BURN BAN ON

Absolutely no burning of any kind. Ban includes charcoal briquettes, all recreational fires and campfires (even in DNR campgrounds).
Effective 07/02/2021 12:01 AM
DNR Lewis County
TOTAL BURN BAN ON

Absolutely no burning of any kind. Ban includes charcoal briquettes, all recreational fires and campfires (even in DNR campgrounds).
Effective 07/02/2021 12:01 AM
Gifford Pinchot NF/USFS
No Burn Ban
Effective 09/20/2021 05:00 PM
Air Quality
No Burn Ban
Effective 12/29/2020 03:08 PM
More Info: (360) 569-2752
Updated: 09/22/2021 09:42 AM 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!