Important Update on Coronavirus and our Response
TOTAL BURN BAN IN EFFECT FOR ALL AREAS SERVED BY PCFD#23
Good Morning!
Saturday, September 19, 2020
NWS FORECAST FOR ASHFORD, WA:
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 3:00 AM
2020 RESPONSES
Calls To Date:
TYPE 2020 AVG DIFF
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
BURN PERMITS
Online Burn Permit Application
FIRE DANGER
Pierce County
HIGH
Updated 09/19/2020
Lewis County
VERY HIGH / EXTREME
Updated 09/19/2020
BURN BANS
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
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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.

Command Staff

NAME/RANK RADIO # FIRE RATING MEDICAL RATING
Fire Chief Matt Medford
C87
Fire Officer II
Emergency Medical Technician
Safety Officer Nancy Barker
F862
Safety Officer
Emergency Medical Technician
Captain Lester Sandstrom
F863
Fire Officer II
Emergency Medical Technician
Lieutenant Andy Sabo
F851
Fire Officer II
Emergency Medical Technician
Chaplain/Lieutenant Joe Koehler
F871
Fire Officer II
Emergency Medical Technician
Lieutenant Scott Beason
F861
Firefighter II
Emergency Medical Technician
Lieutenant Ashley Walker
F881
Fire Officer II
Emergency Medical Technician

Commissioners

NAME
William Tylor
Joe Koehler
Claudia Frey
Nancy Adams (Administrative Support Assistant)

Volunteer Members

NAME RADIO # FIRE RATING MEDICAL RATING
Lori Amburgey
F852
Firefighter
Emergency Medical Technician
Deborah Chaney
F854
Emergency Medical Technician
Dennis Day
F883
Firefighter Trainee
First Aid/CPR
Dominic Duncan
F865
Firefighter Trainee
First Aid/CPR
Andrew Farcy
F875
Firefighter Trainee
First Aid/CPR
Dillon Greiwe
F864
Firefighter
First Aid/CPR
David Koehler
F874
Firefighter Trainee
Emergency Medical Technician
Kaity McCullough
F868
Firefighter Trainee
Emergency Medical Technician
Beth McQueen
F872
Paramedic
Damien Sabo
F855
Firefighter Trainee
Emergency Medical Technician
Jacob Sandstrom
F867
Firefighter Trainee
First Aid/CPR
Samantha Sandstrom
F866
Firefighter Trainee
First Aid/CPR
John Sanfilippo
F858
Support
First Aid/CPR
Katie Smith
F877
Firefighter Trainee
Emergency Medical Technician
Jacob Walker
F882
Firefighter Trainee
Emergency Medical Technician
Scott Watkins
F876
Firefighter II
Emergency Medical Technician

Department Certification Statistics

EMS Fire
First Aid/CPR: 7 (30.4%) Support: 1 (4.3%)
Emergency Medical Responder: 0 (0.0%) Firefighter Trainee: 10 (43.5%)
Emergency Medical Technician: 15 (65.2%) Firefighter: 2 (8.7%)
Medic: 1 (4.3%) Firefighter I: 0 (0.0%)
  Firefighter II: 2 (8.7%)
Fire Officer I: 0 (0.0%)
Fire Officer II: 5 (21.7%)