Important Update on Coronavirus and our Response
Good Morning!
Saturday, September 19, 2020
OVERNIGHT: Areas of smoke and showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy. Low around 50, with temperatures rising to around 52 overnight. West northwest wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
SATURDAY: Rain showers likely and areas of smoke before 11am, then rain showers and patchy fog. Mostly cloudy. High near 59, with temperatures falling to around 56 in the afternoon. North northwest wind 1 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
SATURDAY NIGHT: Rain showers likely before 11pm, then patchy fog and a slight chance of rain showers between 11pm and 5am. Mostly cloudy. Low around 48, with temperatures rising to around 50 overnight. West southwest wind around 3 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
SUNDAY: Partly sunny, with a high near 64. West wind 1 to 6 mph.
Forecast Updated: 9/18/2020 7:54 PM | Last Retrieved: 9/19/2020 1:01 AM
Calls To Date:
Total: 243 191 +27%
EMS: 186 (77%) 139 (73%) +34%
Fire: 46 (19%) 36 (19%) +28%
Other: 11 (5%) 16 (8%) -31%
Total in 2019: 342 (0.94 calls/day)
So far in 2020, we've had an average of 1.00 calls per day
As of Monday, August 31, 2020
Online Burn Permit Application
Pierce County
Updated 09/19/2020
Lewis County
Updated 09/19/2020
Pierce County
ALL outdoor burning including recreational and cooking fires (except a gas grill) during this Red Flag event is prohibited until the Red Flag event is over as determined by the National Weather Service
Effective 07/30/2020 08:00 AM
Lewis County
Effective 2:00 p.m. September 8, 2020, the Lewis County Fire Marshal will modify and upgrade burn restrictions to prohibit all outdoor burning. Recreational campfires are NOT allowed at this time.
Effective 09/08/2020 02:00 PM
DNR Pierce County
Outdoor burning, the use of charcoal briquettes, and prescribed burns are banned on all forest lands within the State of Washington under Department of Natural Resources fire protection through September 30, 2020
Effective 07/28/2020 12:01 AM
DNR Lewis County
Outdoor burning, the use of charcoal briquettes, and prescribed burns are banned on all forest lands within the State of Washington under Department of Natural Resources fire protection through September 30, 2020
Effective 07/28/2020 12:01 AM
Gifford Pinchot NF/USFS
Effective Sept 9, 2020: Closure Order 06-03-00-20-06 temporarily prohibits the building, maintaining, or using a fire, campfire or stove fire, including charcoal fire or pellet fire in GPNF.
Effective 09/09/2020 12:00 PM
Air Quality
No burn ban
Effective 08/23/2018 01:00 PM
More Info: (360) 569-2752
Updated: 09/09/2020 04:23 PM by SRB

This and subsequent pages contain information for our community members, including commissioner meeting agendas and minutes, emergency preparedness, geologic hazards, burn permit information, other services and other information.

Emergency Preparedness

Floods have isolated some of our residents for over 24 hours and windstorms have caused others to be without power for over a week. Due to our rural location, we might be last on the list to receive federal or state assistance in the event of an emergency. We would like to encourage our residents to be prepared for such emergencies. For a list of supplies you might need in an emergency kit, go to Here are some tips:

  • Create an emergency communication plan. Often local phone lines are diverted and only long distance calls can be made. An out of state contact is encouraged.
  • Establish a meeting place away from your home. Be aware of your local school's emergency plans.
  • Learn basic first aid and CPR techniques. Check with our fire department for class times and availability.
  • Assemble an emergency supply kit. This kit should be portable, easily accessible from outside your home, and contain enough supplies for a week.
Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit
  • Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least a week, for drinking and sanitation.
  • Food - at least a week's supply of non-perishable food.
  • Battery - powered or hand crank radio and a Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • First Aid kit.
  • Whistle to signal for help.
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place.
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food).
  • Local maps.
Additional Items to Consider Adding to an Emergency Supply Kit
  • Prescription medication and glasses.
  • Infant formula and diapers.
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet.
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof container.
  • Cash or travelers checks.
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person, consider additional bedding for cold-weather climate.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper for sanitation and drinking water.
  • Fire extinguisher.
  • Matches in a waterproof container.
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items.
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels.
  • Paper and pencil.
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activites for children.
Be Ready for All Types of Emergencies
  • Before:
    • Know your community's warning system, disaster plans, and evacuation routes.
    • Stay informed of extreme weather conditions, especially in winter.
    • Know how and where to shut off your power, gas and water valves.
    • Store emergency kits in an easily accessible location.
  • During:
    • Follow orders for evacuation routes.
    • Drive only when advised or necessary.
    • Help neighbors or others who may need assistance.
    • Call someone, if time allows, to let them know your plan.
  • After:
    • Do not return home until authorities say it is safe to do so.
    • Be careful when entering buildings or homes that may have structural damage.
    • Service damaged appliances or septic systems.
    • Supervise children at all times until you know the surroundings are safe.
    • Use common sense.
    • Clean up debris and disinfect where necessary.
    • Check for gas leaks.
    • Open cabinets and doors cautiously.
Bread Ministry

Christ's Church in Elbe hosts a Bread Ministry every Tuesday from 12 pm to 2 pm. On occasion, canned goods, juices, milk and cheese products are also available during this time. There is no charge and everyone is welcome.

Food Bank

The Community Food Bank, called "Hansfuls on Purpose" is held by appointment at Faith Baptist Church, 28514 State Route 706 East in Ashford, WA. It is designed to meet the physical needs of those in our local community who are going through difficult times.

If you would like to donate food to the food bank, please contact Faith Baptist Church.

For more information regarding the food bank, please call Faith Baptist Church at 360-569-0902 to schedule an appointment or to have any questions answered.

Pastor Joe Koehler is available night and day if anyone in the community needs to reach him. The number at the Church is (360) 569-0902 and his cell phone number is (253) 686-5742.