Important Update on Coronavirus and our Response
PARTIAL AND TOTAL BURN BANS IN EFFECT FOR ALL AREAS SERVED BY PCFD#23
Good Morning!
Sunday, July 25, 2021
THIS MORNING: Mostly sunny, 68°F
FORECAST FOR ASHFORD, WA:
Sunday Morning: Mostly sunny. Mild. Temperature 68°F (Feels like 68°F). Relative Humidity 70%. 0% chance of precipitation. North winds at 5 mph.
Sunday Afternoon: Sunny. Warm. Temperature 82°F (Feels like 82°F). Relative Humidity 45%. 0% chance of precipitation. North winds at 7 mph.
Sunday Evening: Sunny. Mild. Temperature 73°F (Feels like 76°F). Relative Humidity 62%. 0% chance of precipitation. North winds at 5 mph.
Sunday Night: Clear. Cool. Temperature 56°F (Feels like 55°F). Relative Humidity 100%. 0% chance of precipitation. South winds at 4 mph.
Monday Morning: Broken clouds. Mild. Temperature 66°F (Feels like 66°F). Relative Humidity 71%. 1% chance of precipitation. North winds at 5 mph.
Monday Afternoon: Mostly sunny. Warm. Temperature 81°F (Feels like 81°F). Relative Humidity 43%. 1% chance of precipitation. North winds at 7 mph.
Forecast Updated: 7/25/2021 11:00 AM
2021 RESPONSES
Calls To Date:
TYPE 2021 AVG DIFF
Total: 203 118 +72%
EMS: 148 (73%) 88 (75%) +68%
Fire: 38 (19%) 21 (18%) +81%
Other: 17 (8%) 9 (8%) +89%
Total in 2020: 356 (0.98 calls/day)
So far in 2021, we've had an average of 1.13 calls per day
As of Wednesday, June 30, 2021
BURN PERMITS
Online Burn Permit Application
FIRE DANGER
Pierce County
HIGH
Updated 07/25/2021
Lewis County
VERY HIGH
Updated 07/25/2021
Gifford Pinchot NF/USFS
HIGH
Updated 07/25/2021
BURN BANS
Pierce County
A county-wide burn ban in Pierce County is in effect until further notice.
Effective 06/25/2021 08:00 AM
Lewis County
TOTAL BURN BAN ON

Absolutely no burning of any kind. Ban includes charcoal briquettes, all recreational fires and campfires. Only liquid gas or propane camp stoves that do not use solid briquettes and have on/off controls are permitted.
Effective 07/10/2021 12:01 AM
DNR Pierce County
TOTAL BURN BAN ON

Absolutely no burning of any kind. Ban includes charcoal briquettes, all recreational fires and campfires (even in DNR campgrounds).
Effective 07/02/2021 12:01 AM
DNR Lewis County
TOTAL BURN BAN ON

Absolutely no burning of any kind. Ban includes charcoal briquettes, all recreational fires and campfires (even in DNR campgrounds).
Effective 07/02/2021 12:01 AM
Gifford Pinchot NF/USFS
All campfires, charcoal or briquette fires, pellet fires, or any other open fires are prohibited including in developed campgrounds. Portable cooking stoves, lanterns, and heating devices using liquefied or bottled fuel, such as propane, are still allowed as they can be instantly switched off. Additionally, target shooting is temporarily prohibited because of the risk of wildfire.
Effective 07/02/2021 12:01 AM
Air Quality
No Burn Ban
Effective 12/29/2020 03:08 PM
More Info: (360) 569-2752
Updated: 07/09/2021 01:04 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.

LOCALITY Fireworks Wood Stove Heating Propane or Gas Grills with On/Off Controls Charcoal or Solid Fuel Grills 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 - Use Caution! No Restrictions - Use Caution! Temporarily Banned Temporarily Banned
Unincorporated Lewis County Not currently allowed No Restrictions No Restrictions Temporarily Banned Temporarily Banned Temporarily Banned Temporarily Banned
DNR Lands in Pierce County Never Allowed No Restrictions No Restrictions Temporarily Banned Temporarily Banned Temporarily Banned Temporarily Banned
DNR Lands in Lewis County Never Allowed No Restrictions No Restrictions Temporarily Banned Temporarily Banned Temporarily Banned Temporarily Banned
USFS/Gifford Pinchot National Forest Never Allowed No Restrictions No Restrictions Temporarily Banned Temporarily Banned Temporarily Banned Temporarily Banned
Mount Rainier National Park Never Allowed No Restrictions No Restrictions Temporarily Banned Temporarily Banned Never Allowed Never Allowed

Online Burn Permit Application

As of July 23, 2021, we are accepting applications for burn permits but note that they will not be valid until fire weather conditions improve