Important Update on Coronavirus and our Response
Good Morning!
Saturday, August 13, 2022
THIS NIGHT: Overcast, 56°F
FORECAST FOR ASHFORD, WA:
Friday Night: Overcast. Cool. Temperature 56°F (Feels like 55°F). Relative Humidity 98%. 5% chance of precipitation. Southwest winds at 5 mph.
Saturday Morning: Cloudy. Cool. Temperature 62°F (Feels like 62°F). Relative Humidity 79%. 0% chance of precipitation. South winds at 5 mph.
Saturday Afternoon: More clouds than sun. Mild. Temperature 73°F (Feels like 77°F). Relative Humidity 50%. 0% chance of precipitation. Northwest winds at 6 mph.
Saturday Evening: Mostly sunny. Mild. Temperature 66°F (Feels like 66°F). Relative Humidity 71%. 0% chance of precipitation. Northwest winds at 5 mph.
Saturday Night: Scattered clouds. Cool. Temperature 55°F (Feels like 55°F). Relative Humidity 99%. 0% chance of precipitation. North winds at 4 mph.
Sunday Morning: Broken clouds. Cool. Temperature 55°F (Feels like 55°F). Relative Humidity 100%. 0% chance of precipitation. Northwest winds at 3 mph.
Forecast Updated: 8/13/2022 5:00 AM
2022 RESPONSES
Calls To Date:
TYPE 2022 AVG DIFF
Total: 194 163 +19%
EMS: 154 (79%) 119 (73%) +29%
Fire: 34 (18%) 30 (18%) +13%
Other: 6 (3%) 13 (8%) -54%
Total in 2021: 472 (1.30 calls/day)
So far in 2022, we've had an average of 0.92 calls per day
As of Sunday, July 31, 2022
BURN PERMITS
Online Burn Permit Application
FIRE DANGER
Pierce County
HIGH
Updated 08/13/2022
Lewis County
HIGH
Updated 08/13/2022
Gifford Pinchot NF/USFS
HIGH
Updated 08/13/2022
BURN BANS
Pierce County
Effective Friday, August 5, 2022 at 12:01 AM, a county-wide outdoor burn ban will be in place for all land clearing and yard debris outdoor burning
Effective 08/05/2022 12:01 AM
Lewis County
Effective 12:01 A.M., July 15, 2022, the Lewis County Fire Marshal will be enacting burn restrictions on outdoor burning for all of unincorporated Lewis County, Washington.
Effective 07/15/2022 12:01 AM
DNR Pierce County
Effective July 7, 2022 at 12:01 AM. All debris burning on DNR jurisdiction is prohibited. This includes rule burning and permit burning. Campfires are allowed in approved, designated campgrounds only.
Effective 07/07/2022 12:01 AM
DNR Lewis County
Effective July 7, 2022 at 12:01 AM. All debris burning on DNR jurisdiction is prohibited. This includes rule burning and permit burning. Campfires are allowed in approved, designated campgrounds only.
Effective 07/07/2022 12:01 AM
Gifford Pinchot NF/USFS
Campfires are prohibited within the Forest except at these listed designated developed sites. Portable stoves, lanterns/heating devices using liquefied/bottled fuel, such as propane, are OK as they can be instantly switched off.
Effective 08/08/2022 12:01 AM
Air Quality
No Burn Ban
Effective 12/29/2020 03:08 PM
More Info: (360) 569-2752
Updated: 08/08/2022 07:08 PM by SRB
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OUTDOOR BURNING AND BURN PERMITS

Small outdoor residential burn piles that do not exceed 4 x 4 x 3 feet are allowed within the boundaries of Fire District 23 when burn bans are not active. A burn permit is required and is available via the form below. Primary rules that need to be followed include:

  • Valid permit must be on site while burning.
  • No prohibited materials may be burned, including: paper, cardboard, garbage, dead animals, asphalt, petroleum products, paints, rubber products, plastics, treated lumber metal, or any other substance other than natural vegetation, which when burned releases toxic emissions, dense smoke, or noxious odors.
  • Burn Barrels are illegal.
  • Fire must not create a nuisance for smoke, ash, obscure visibility on public roads or highways, or endanger life and property through negligent spread of fire or pollutants.
  • Maximum pile size of 4 x 4 x 3 feet.
  • Only 1 (one) pile can be burned at one time.
  • Construct a firebreak to bare earth of 3 feet.
  • Do not burn if the wind is blowing more than 10 mph from the East
  • One person is required to be present while burning at all times.
  • At least a charged garden hose shall be on site during the burn
  • Fire must be completely extinguished before leaving.
  • Check burn ban and/or air quality restrictions prior to burning

Other burn permit rules and regulations are listed on the permit and must be adhered to at all times.

The permittee, by igniting a fire pursuant to this permit, accepts all responsibility for fire suppression costs incurred, or damage sustained, to any person or property resulting from any violation of this permit. If the fire escapes, regardless of cause, the permittee shall be responsible for paying all costs of manpower and suppression equipment as required by chapters 52.12 & 76.04 RCW.

What is currently allowed?

Depending on where you are in proximity to geographic or political boundaries, various activities may either be allowed, restricted or temporarily banned due to fire weather conditions or air quality. The following table is provided to help clear up any confusion on what activities may be allowed within each geographic area. Click on the locality name for more information. (Updated Friday, August 12, 2022, 1:29:44 PM by SRB)

LOCALITY Fireworks Wood Stove Heating Propane or Gas Devices with On/Off Controls Charcoal or Solid Fuel Devices Small Recreational/Cooking Fires in Approved Rings/Pits Small
(4x4x3 ft)
Land Clearing Burns
Large
(>4x4x3 ft)
Land Clearing Burns
Unincorporated Pierce County Not currently allowed No restrictions No restrictions Allowed - use caution Allowed - use caution Temporarily banned Temporarily banned
Unincorporated Lewis County Not currently allowed No restrictions No restrictions Allowed - use caution Allowed - use caution Temporarily banned Temporarily banned
DNR Lands in Pierce County Never allowed No restrictions No restrictions Campfires are allowed in approved, designated campgrounds only. Campfires are allowed in approved, designated campgrounds only. Temporarily banned Temporarily banned
DNR Lands in Lewis County Never allowed No restrictions No restrictions Campfires are allowed in approved, designated campgrounds only. Campfires are allowed in approved, designated campgrounds only. Temporarily banned Temporarily banned
USFS/Gifford Pinchot National Forest Never allowed No restrictions No restrictions Allowed in designated campsites Allowed in designated campsites Temporarily banned Temporarily banned
Mount Rainier National Park Never allowed No restrictions No restrictions Allowed in approved campsites, use caution Allowed in approved campsites, use caution Never Allowed Never Allowed

Online Burn Permit Application

As of August 5, 2022, we are accepting applications for burn permits but please note that they will not be valid until fire weather conditions improve and burn bans are rescinded.