Important Update on Coronavirus and our Response
Good Afternoon!
Friday, December 2, 2022
THIS AFTERNOON: Cloudy, 41°F
FORECAST FOR ASHFORD, WA:
Friday Afternoon: Cloudy. Chilly. Temperature 41°F (Feels like 36°F). Relative Humidity 64%. 3% chance of precipitation. Southeast winds at 8 mph.
Friday Evening: Overcast. Chilly. Temperature 38°F (Feels like 33°F). Relative Humidity 73%. 6% chance of precipitation. Southeast winds at 8 mph.
Friday Night: Overcast. Chilly. Temperature 37°F (Feels like 32°F). Relative Humidity 76%. 5% chance of precipitation. Southeast winds at 6 mph.
Saturday Morning: Partly sunny. Chilly. Temperature 36°F (Feels like 31°F). Relative Humidity 72%. 0% chance of precipitation. Southeast winds at 6 mph.
Saturday Afternoon: Mostly sunny. Cool. Temperature 45°F (Feels like 43°F). Relative Humidity 62%. 0% chance of precipitation. East winds at 4 mph.
Saturday Evening: Clear. Cold. Temperature 29°F (Feels like 24°F). Relative Humidity 83%. 0% chance of precipitation. Southeast winds at 5 mph.
Forecast Updated: 12/02/2022 3:00 PM
2022 RESPONSES
Calls To Date:
TYPE 2022 AVG DIFF
Total: 302 249 +21%
EMS: 219 (73%) 180 (72%) +22%
Fire: 68 (23%) 48 (19%) +42%
Other: 15 (5%) 20 (8%) -25%
Total in 2021: 472 (1.30 calls/day)
So far in 2022, we've had an average of 1.00 calls per day
As of Monday, October 31, 2022
BURN PERMITS
Online Burn Permit Application
FIRE DANGER
Pierce County
LOW
Updated 12/02/2022
Lewis County
LOW
Updated 12/02/2022
Gifford Pinchot NF/USFS
LOW
Updated 12/02/2022
BURN BANS
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 https://burnpermit.lewiscountywa.gov/ 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
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ABOUT PIERCE COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT #23
THIS SECTION CONTAINS

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!