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8 Road Fire Daily Update

October 19th 2022

With Mount Rainier in the background, firefighters watch from a safe distance as a helicopter drops water on the steep slopes of the 8 Road Fire’s eastern perimeter on Tuesday afternoon. Photo Credit: Western Washington Type 3 Incident Management Team

October 18th 2022

Lower temperatures, higher humidity help firefighters make progress against the 8 Road Fire.

(MINERAL, Wash.) — The 8 Road Fire was reported on October 15 at about 4 p.m. and is burning on Washington
State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) land in the timber and brush of the Elbe Hills State Forest, about 4
miles east of Eatonville. The cause is under investigation. With improved data from a helicopter flight on Monday
evening, fire managers now estimate the fire’s size at about 150 acres.
Firefighters, aided by helicopter bucket drops, successfully slowed the fire’s progress on Sunday despite hot and
breezy weather conditions. Western Washington Type 3 Incident Management Team, under Incident Commander
Charley Burns, took command of the fire at 6 a.m. on Monday. Also yesterday, higher humidity and lower
temperatures arrived in the area, further moderating fire behavior. Access to the fire’s perimeter is complicated by
steep slopes and rugged terrain so crews focused on building lines to contain the fire in the event that it becomes
more active again. As the nights become cooler and more fall-like, the public may notice additional smoke in the
area due to morning temperature inversions.
Today, the weather is forecast to remain warm and dry with light winds. Firefighters will continue securing, holding
and improving containment lines. There may be some increase in fire activity in the afternoon, but the fire is not
expected to grow beyond its current footprint. Though no helicopters are currently assigned to the fire, aircraft
resources are available if needed.
Level 1 evacuations (Be Ready) are in effect for approximately 100 properties accessed off of Scott Turner Road in
Sections 28, 29, 32 and 33 of Township 16 N, Range 5 E. There are two road closures: At the 501 Gate where Scott
Turner Road becomes the 8 Road, and at the 503 Gate at the junction of the 8 Road and the 5 Road. Sign-up for
emergency alerts at
Fire danger will remain high until the region experiences a sustained shift to fall and winter weather patterns. Burn
restrictions are in effect on DNR lands as well as in local fire districts. For specific information, go to or check with your local fire district. Preserve limited firefighting resources by doing
what you can to avoid sparking additional fires.
Fire managers are also asking for help keeping the public and firefighters safe. Stay clear of the fire area, and
exercise caution when driving in the vicinity as firefighters are operating in and around the area.
The origin and cause of the fire remains under investigation. Anyone with information about the fire or its cause is
encouraged to call the 8 Road Fire Information Line at (253)271-4139 or send an email to

Briefing and Map

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Against Committee

Against Committee:

South Pierce Fire and Rescue’s Board of Fire Commissioners is seeking Pierce County registered voters to become appointed members of a “Against” committee to prepare arguments advocating voters’ rejection of measure Proposition No. 1 restoring regular property tax levies of one dollar and fifty cents per thousand dollars of assessed valuation for six years to continue providing fire protection and fire suppression services. This committee will prepare “Against” and Rebuttal statement(s) to be submitted to the county.

The committee shall have no more than three members pursuant to RCW 29A.32.280. Any applicant for this appointment must be a resident and registered voter of Pierce County for at least one year immediately prior to appointment.


Please submit your statement of interest in writing to by 10:00 am on Friday May 5th, 2023. Your statement of interest should demonstrate your ability to communicate rapidly by email and your agreement to work collaboratively with co-committee members.

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Facebook Issue

Good Morning Community Members,

Please be advised that our Facebook account has been recently hacked. If you receive a personal message from South Pierce Fire & Rescue via Facebook messenger it is not an official member or representative of the District. Please also disregard all other Facebook posts regarding topics such as apparatus or requests for financial assistance. These also have not been posted by official members or representatives of the Fire District.

We are doing our best to handle this technical issue and attempting all we can to get it resolved as quickly as possible.

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We Are Currently Accepting Applications for a District Secretary / Finance Officer

Salary range: $90,000 - $107,000 DOE

Position is open until filled.

First applicant review date: Friday, 03/13/2022

Please view following PDF’s for more details:

District Secretary / Finance Officer Job Announcement

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