Important Update on Coronavirus and our Response
Good Morning!
Thursday, October 21, 2021
THIS MORNING: High level clouds, 55°F
FORECAST FOR ASHFORD, WA:
Thursday Morning: High level clouds. Cool. Temperature 55°F (Feels like 52°F). Relative Humidity 67%. 0% chance of precipitation. Southeast winds at 7 mph.
Thursday Afternoon: Partly sunny. Mild. Temperature 67°F (Feels like 67°F). Relative Humidity 48%. 8% chance of precipitation. Southeast winds at 9 mph.
Thursday Evening: Light rain. Overcast. Cool. Temperature 56°F (Feels like 55°F). Relative Humidity 88%. 33% chance of precipitation. New rainfall of 0.31 in possible. South winds at 4 mph.
Thursday Night: Light rain. Overcast. Cool. Temperature 52°F (Feels like 51°F). Relative Humidity 91%. 46% chance of precipitation. New rainfall of 0.10 in possible. South winds at 6 mph.
Friday Morning: A few showers. Overcast. Cool. Temperature 52°F (Feels like 50°F). Relative Humidity 87%. 63% chance of precipitation. New rainfall of 0.03 in possible. South winds at 5 mph.
Friday Afternoon: A few showers. Overcast. Cool. Temperature 55°F (Feels like 54°F). Relative Humidity 79%. 56% chance of precipitation. New rainfall of 0.09 in possible. South winds at 6 mph.
Forecast Updated: 10/21/2021 7:00 AM
2021 RESPONSES
Calls To Date:
TYPE 2021 AVG DIFF
Total: 353 220 +60%
EMS: 251 (71%) 160 (73%) +57%
Fire: 77 (22%) 42 (19%) +83%
Other: 25 (7%) 18 (8%) +39%
Total in 2020: 356 (0.98 calls/day)
So far in 2021, we've had an average of 1.30 calls per day
As of Thursday, September 30, 2021
BURN PERMITS
Online Burn Permit Application
FIRE DANGER
Pierce County
LOW
Updated 10/21/2021
Lewis County
LOW
Updated 10/21/2021
Gifford Pinchot NF/USFS
MODERATE
Updated 09/30/2021
BURN BANS
Pierce County
No Burn Ban
Effective 09/21/2021 08:00 AM
Lewis County
No Burn Ban
Effective 09/30/2021 08:00 AM
DNR Pierce County
No Burn Ban
Effective 10/08/2021 12:01 AM
DNR Lewis County
No Burn Ban
Effective 10/08/2021 12:01 AM
Gifford Pinchot NF/USFS
No Burn Ban
Effective 09/20/2021 05:00 PM
Air Quality
No Burn Ban
Effective 12/29/2020 03:08 PM
More Info: (360) 569-2752
Updated: 10/08/2021 03:14 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, October 08, 2021, 3:17:12 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 No restrictions No restrictions Allowed with Permit Allowed with Permit
Unincorporated Lewis County Not currently allowed No restrictions No restrictions No restrictions No restrictions Allowed with Permit Allowed with Permit
DNR Lands in Pierce County Never allowed No restrictions No restrictions No restrictions No restrictions Allowed with Permit Allowed with Permit
DNR Lands in Lewis County Never allowed No restrictions No restrictions No restrictions No restrictions Allowed with Permit Allowed with Permit
USFS/Gifford Pinchot National Forest Never allowed No restrictions No restrictions No restrictions No restrictions Allowed with Permit Allowed with Permit
Mount Rainier National Park Never allowed No restrictions No restrictions No restrictions No restrictions Never Allowed Never Allowed

Online Burn Permit Application