Important Update on Coronavirus and our Response
TOTAL BURN BAN IN EFFECT FOR ALL AREAS SERVED BY PCFD#23
Good Morning!
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
NWS FORECAST FOR ASHFORD, WA:
OVERNIGHT: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy. Low around 49, with temperatures rising to around 52 overnight. East southeast wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.
TUESDAY: A slight chance of rain before 11am. Partly sunny. High near 63, with temperatures falling to around 61 in the afternoon. South southwest wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.
TUESDAY NIGHT: Rain likely after 11pm. Mostly cloudy. Low around 49, with temperatures rising to around 53 overnight. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
WEDNESDAY: Rain before 5pm, then rain showers. Cloudy, with a high near 60. Southeast wind 7 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
Forecast Updated: 9/22/2020 3:10 AM | Last Retrieved: 9/22/2020 5:00 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 09/22/2020
Lewis County
MODERATE
Updated 09/22/2020
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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A MESSAGE FROM PCFD#23 REGARDING COVID-19

Pierce County Fire District #23’s top priority is to ensure the health and safety of our members and citizens. During the growing risk of Coronavirus (Covid-19), we want to reiterate our commitment to our citizens, but in a safe and practical manner.

We, like other departments in the region, have temporarily suspended the following items:

  • Station tours & Engine visits;
  • Issuing burn permits in person (please use the form on this page to get your permit);
  • Blood pressure checks at stations;
  • Issuing address signs;
  • Public education classes;
  • Community group use of our facilities; and
  • Participation in community events.

Additionally, please do not deliver food items to the stations.

We are also asking the community to please refrain from visiting our fire stations for medical needs.

If you are having a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1 and let us come to you.

Our department remains staffed with committed volunteers who will assist you in your time of need. Our members have been equipped with personal protection equipment and are following recommended procedures.

We encourage our community members to follow CDC recommendations for preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  • DO NOT PANIC. This includes avoiding hoarding of food, cleaning products, and personal hygiene products.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Practice social distancing
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Follow government advice and stay-home orders to limit the spread of the infection.

We highly recommend that you visit the Washington State Department of Health website about the 2019 Coronavirus outbreak for the latest information and guidance. Additional information can be found at the Tacoma/Pierce County Health Department and Centers for Disease Control sites on the Coronavirus.

Remember that while many who get Covid-19 recover within a few weeks, those with immunodeficiency or compromised immune systems and who have underlying medical issues are at higher risk for developing more serious cases. Actions undertaken by you and your family to slow the spread of the disease can have direct positive impacts to those around you.

If you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19, please do not go to the emergency room. Hospitals need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs, so please contact your healthcare provider first. In addition, MultiCare is offering free virtual care by visiting and using the promo code COVID19.

We all hope to get through this difficult time and return to normal operations soon. Thank you for your awareness and compliance with CDC and state recommendations to help us all get through this new and unusual situation.

Please contact our department or phone (360-569-2752) if you have any questions.