Important Update on Coronavirus and our Response
PARTIAL AND TOTAL BURN BANS IN EFFECT FOR ALL AREAS SERVED BY PCFD#23
Good Afternoon!
Sunday, July 25, 2021
THIS AFTERNOON: Mostly sunny, 82°F
FORECAST FOR ASHFORD, WA:
Sunday Afternoon: Mostly sunny. Warm. Temperature 82°F (Feels like 82°F). Relative Humidity 46%. 0% chance of precipitation. North winds at 7 mph.
Sunday Evening: Sunny. Mild. Temperature 73°F (Feels like 76°F). Relative Humidity 62%. 0% chance of precipitation. North winds at 5 mph.
Sunday Night: Clear. Cool. Temperature 56°F (Feels like 56°F). Relative Humidity 98%. 0% chance of precipitation. Southeast winds at 4 mph.
Monday Morning: Partly sunny. Cool. Temperature 56°F (Feels like 55°F). Relative Humidity 100%. 0% chance of precipitation. North winds at 6 mph.
Monday Afternoon: Sunny. Warm. Temperature 82°F (Feels like 82°F). Relative Humidity 42%. 1% chance of precipitation. North winds at 7 mph.
Monday Evening: Sunny. Mild. Temperature 73°F (Feels like 77°F). Relative Humidity 57%. 1% chance of precipitation. North winds at 5 mph.
Forecast Updated: 7/25/2021 1:00 PM
2021 RESPONSES
Calls To Date:
TYPE 2021 AVG DIFF
Total: 203 118 +72%
EMS: 148 (73%) 88 (75%) +68%
Fire: 38 (19%) 21 (18%) +81%
Other: 17 (8%) 9 (8%) +89%
Total in 2020: 356 (0.98 calls/day)
So far in 2021, we've had an average of 1.13 calls per day
As of Wednesday, June 30, 2021
BURN PERMITS
Online Burn Permit Application
FIRE DANGER
Pierce County
HIGH
Updated 07/25/2021
Lewis County
VERY HIGH
Updated 07/25/2021
Gifford Pinchot NF/USFS
HIGH
Updated 07/25/2021
BURN BANS
Pierce County
A county-wide burn ban in Pierce County is in effect until further notice.
Effective 06/25/2021 08:00 AM
Lewis County
TOTAL BURN BAN ON

Absolutely no burning of any kind. Ban includes charcoal briquettes, all recreational fires and campfires. Only liquid gas or propane camp stoves that do not use solid briquettes and have on/off controls are permitted.
Effective 07/10/2021 12:01 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
All campfires, charcoal or briquette fires, pellet fires, or any other open fires are prohibited including in developed campgrounds. Portable cooking stoves, lanterns, and heating devices using liquefied or bottled fuel, such as propane, are still allowed as they can be instantly switched off. Additionally, target shooting is temporarily prohibited because of the risk of wildfire.
Effective 07/02/2021 12:01 AM
Air Quality
No Burn Ban
Effective 12/29/2020 03:08 PM
More Info: (360) 569-2752
Updated: 07/09/2021 01:04 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!