Important Update on Coronavirus and our Response
Good Evening!
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
NWS FORECAST FOR ASHFORD, WA:
TONIGHT: A chance of rain showers before midnight, then rain likely between midnight and 5am, then rain likely and patchy fog. Cloudy, with a low around 35. East southeast wind around 2 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
THURSDAY: Rain likely and patchy fog before 7am, then rain and snow likely between 7am and 8am, then patchy fog and rain and snow likely. Cloudy. High near 39, with temperatures falling to around 37 in the afternoon. Southeast wind around 2 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
THURSDAY NIGHT: A slight chance of rain before 7pm, then a slight chance of rain and snow between 7pm and 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. East wind around 3 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.
FRIDAY: Partly sunny, with a high near 37. North northeast wind 1 to 5 mph.
Forecast Updated: 1/20/2021 7:42 PM | Last Retrieved: 1/20/2021 11:05 PM
2020 RESPONSES
Calls To Date:
TYPE 2020 AVG DIFF
Total: 356 274 +30%
EMS: 246 (69%) 198 (72%) +24%
Fire: 85 (24%) 52 (19%) +63%
Other: 25 (7%) 25 (9%) 0%
Total in 2019: 342 (0.94 calls/day)
So far in 2020, we've had an average of 0.98 calls per day
As of Thursday, December 31, 2020
BURN PERMITS
Online Burn Permit Application
FIRE DANGER
Pierce County
LOW
Updated 01/20/2021
Lewis County
LOW
Updated 01/20/2021
BURN BANS
Pierce County
No Burn Ban
Effective 12/29/2020 03:08 PM
Lewis County
No Burn Ban
Effective 12/29/2020 03:08 PM
DNR Pierce County
No Burn Ban
Effective 12/29/2020 03:08 PM
DNR Lewis County
No Burn Ban
Effective 12/29/2020 03:08 PM
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: 12/29/2020 03:14 PM by SRB
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ABOUT PIERCE COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT #23
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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!