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 2:00 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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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 Wednesday, October 26, 2022, 1:22:45 PM by mm)

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 Allowed with Permit Not currently allowed
Unincorporated Lewis County Not currently allowed No restrictions No restrictions Allowed - use caution Allowed - use caution Allowed with Permit Allowed with Permit
DNR Lands in Pierce County Never allowed No restrictions No restrictions Allowed - use caution Allowed - use caution Allowed with Permit Not currently allowed
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 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.