Important Update on Coronavirus and our Response
Good Morning!
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
THIS NIGHT: Overcast, 43°F
Monday Night: Overcast. Chilly. Temperature 43°F (Feels like 39°F). Relative Humidity 97%. 10% chance of precipitation. Southwest winds at 7 mph.
Tuesday Morning: Light rain. More clouds than sun. Cool. Temperature 46°F (Feels like 43°F). Relative Humidity 85%. 40% chance of precipitation. New rainfall of 0.11 in possible. Southwest winds at 7 mph.
Tuesday Afternoon: Light showers. More clouds than sun. Cool. Temperature 53°F (Feels like 50°F). Relative Humidity 68%. 26% chance of precipitation. New rainfall of 0.03 in possible. Southwest winds at 8 mph.
Tuesday Evening: Mostly sunny. Cool. Temperature 48°F (Feels like 46°F). Relative Humidity 73%. 5% chance of precipitation. West winds at 5 mph.
Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy. Chilly. Temperature 38°F (Feels like 34°F). Relative Humidity 100%. 11% chance of precipitation. Northwest winds at 4 mph.
Wednesday Morning: More clouds than sun. Chilly. Temperature 44°F (Feels like 42°F). Relative Humidity 84%. 5% chance of precipitation. North winds at 5 mph.
Forecast Updated: 5/18/2021 2:00 AM
Calls To Date:
Total: 132 71 +86%
EMS: 99 (75%) 52 (73%) +90%
Fire: 27 (20%) 13 (18%) +108%
Other: 6 (5%) 6 (8%) 0%
Total in 2020: 356 (0.98 calls/day)
So far in 2021, we've had an average of 1.11 calls per day
As of Friday, April 30, 2021
Online Burn Permit Application
Pierce County
Updated 05/18/2021
Lewis County
Updated 05/18/2021
Pierce County
No Burn Ban
Effective 12/29/2020 03:08 PM
Lewis County
No Burn Ban
Effective 04/27/2021 08:00 AM
DNR Pierce County
No Burn Ban
Effective 04/30/2021 12:01 AM
DNR Lewis County
No Burn Ban
Effective 04/27/2021 12:01 AM
Gifford Pinchot NF/USFS
No Burn Ban
Effective 12/29/2020 03:08 PM
Air Quality
No Burn Ban
Effective 12/29/2020 03:08 PM
More Info: (360) 569-2752
Updated: 04/30/2021 09:38 AM by SRB

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!