Important Update on Coronavirus and our Response
Good Morning!
Saturday, January 28, 2023
THIS MORNING: Passing showers, 42°F
Saturday Morning: Passing showers. Overcast. Chilly. Temperature 42°F (Feels like 40°F). Relative Humidity 87%. 32% chance of precipitation. New rainfall of 0.05 in possible. North winds at 4 mph.
Saturday Afternoon: Passing showers. Cloudy. Chilly. Temperature 41°F (Feels like 37°F). Relative Humidity 79%. 26% chance of precipitation. New rainfall of 0.06 in possible. North winds at 7 mph.
Saturday Evening: Scattered clouds. Cold. Temperature 31°F (Feels like 26°F). Relative Humidity 69%. 4% chance of precipitation. Southeast winds at 6 mph.
Saturday Night: Passing showers. Clear. Cold. Temperature 22°F (Feels like 16°F). Relative Humidity 78%. 21% chance of precipitation. New rainfall of 0.01 in possible. Southeast winds at 5 mph.
Sunday Morning: Sunny. Cold. Temperature 19°F (Feels like 19°F). Relative Humidity 74%. 0% chance of precipitation. North winds at 3 mph.
Sunday Afternoon: Sunny. Chilly. Temperature 35°F (Feels like 30°F). Relative Humidity 38%. 0% chance of precipitation. Northwest winds at 6 mph.
Forecast Updated: 1/28/2023 10:00 AM
Calls To Date:
Total: 372 290 +28%
EMS: 267 (72%) 208 (72%) +28%
Fire: 86 (23%) 56 (19%) +54%
Other: 19 (5%) 25 (9%) -24%
Total in 2021: 472 (1.30 calls/day)
So far in 2022, we've had an average of 1.02 calls per day
As of Saturday, December 31, 2022
Online Burn Permit Application
Pierce County
Updated 01/28/2023
Lewis County
Updated 01/28/2023
Gifford Pinchot NF/USFS
Updated 01/28/2023
Pierce County
Effective Monday, August 5, 2022 at 08:00 AM.
Effective 10/24/2022 08:01 AM
Lewis County
Effective 12:01 A.M., July 15, 2022, To obtain an Open Burning Application and Permit, you may apply on-line at or in person at the Lewis County Fire Marshal’s office.
Effective 10/25/2022 08:00 AM
DNR Pierce County
Effective October 25, 2022 at 12:01 AM. Rule burning and permit burning are allowed. Campfires are allowed in approved, designated campgrounds only.
Effective 10/25/2022 12:01 AM
DNR Lewis County
Effective October 25, 2022 at 12:01 AM. Rule burning and permit burning are allowed. Campfires are allowed in approved, designated campgrounds only.
Effective 10/25/2022 12:01 AM
Gifford Pinchot NF/USFS
No fire restrictions are in effect.
Effective 10/25/2022 12:01 AM
Air Quality
No Burn Ban
Effective 12/29/2020 03:08 PM
More Info: (360) 569-2752
Updated: 10/26/2022 12:30 PM by mm

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!