Important Update on Coronavirus and our Response
Good Morning!
Wednesday, December 1, 2021
THIS MORNING: Cloudy, 56°F
FORECAST FOR ASHFORD, WA:
Wednesday Morning: Cloudy. Cool. Temperature 56°F (Feels like 54°F). Relative Humidity 83%. 0% chance of precipitation. South winds at 6 mph.
Wednesday Afternoon: Cloudy. Cool. Temperature 60°F (Feels like 60°F). Relative Humidity 70%. 0% chance of precipitation. Southwest winds at 5 mph.
Wednesday Evening: Sprinkles. Overcast. Cool. Temperature 52°F (Feels like 51°F). Relative Humidity 91%. 18% chance of precipitation. New rainfall of 0.03 in possible. Southwest winds at 5 mph.
Wednesday Night: Sprinkles. Overcast. Cool. Temperature 48°F (Feels like 46°F). Relative Humidity 99%. 19% chance of precipitation. New rainfall of 0.04 in possible. Southwest winds at 4 mph.
Thursday Morning: Overcast. Cool. Temperature 47°F (Feels like 45°F). Relative Humidity 82%. 2% chance of precipitation. West winds at 5 mph.
Thursday Afternoon: Cloudy. Cool. Temperature 45°F (Feels like 42°F). Relative Humidity 73%. 2% chance of precipitation. Northwest winds at 5 mph.
Forecast Updated: 12/01/2021 9:00 AM
2021 RESPONSES
Calls To Date:
TYPE 2021 AVG DIFF
Total: 439 259 +69%
EMS: 316 (72%) 187 (72%) +69%
Fire: 95 (22%) 50 (19%) +90%
Other: 28 (6%) 22 (8%) +27%
Total in 2020: 356 (0.98 calls/day)
So far in 2021, we've had an average of 1.32 calls per day
As of Tuesday, November 30, 2021
BURN PERMITS
Online Burn Permit Application
FIRE DANGER
Pierce County
LOW
Updated 12/01/2021
Lewis County
LOW
Updated 12/01/2021
Gifford Pinchot NF/USFS
LOW
Updated 12/01/2021
BURN BANS
Pierce County
No Burn Ban
Effective 09/21/2021 08:00 AM
Lewis County
No Burn Ban
Effective 09/30/2021 08:00 AM
DNR Pierce County
No Burn Ban
Effective 10/08/2021 12:01 AM
DNR Lewis County
No Burn Ban
Effective 10/08/2021 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: 10/08/2021 03:14 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!