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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

Apply Online

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Fire Commissioner Vacancy

Fire Commissioner Vacancy

South Pierce Fire and Rescue’s Board of Fire Commissioners is seeking candidates for appointment of Fire Commissioner.

Any applicant for this appointment must be at least 18 years old, a registered voter and reside within the boundaries of the fire district. South Pierce provides service to Roy, McKenna, Clear Lake, Harts Lake, Lacamas, La Grande, Ohop, and the unincorporated areas of Pierce County within its boundaries. Service is provided to the Town of Eatonville through an interlocal operational service agreement. Residents of the Town of Eatonville are not eligible for this appointment.

Citizens may submit a letter of interest and resume, beginning Monday, July 26th until 3:00 pm on Wednesday, September 15th, 2021.

Letters of interest, as well as resumes, may be sent to any of the following:

Fax: 253-262-3182
SPFR, Attn: Summer Miller
PO Box 898
Eatonville, WA 98328

The South Pierce Board of Fire Commissioners is comprised of five members, elected by the public. Commissioners typically serve a six-year term. This vacancy will be filled by the appointee until the general election of 2023, after which the person elected will serve for the remainder of the term (through 2025).

The board meets monthly to determine level of service, establish goals, type and level of funding, approve budgets, establish tax levies, approve policies, employ key personnel and supervise the fire chief, guide strategic planning and represent the district to the public. All regular meetings are held on the third Monday of every

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Ford E450 Diesel Medical Unit For Sale

Ford E450 Diesel Medical Unit For Sale

2006 Ford Super Duty E450 Diesel North Star Medic Unit

Mileage: 201,257
VIN: 1FDXE45PX6DB40776

  • No body damage
  • Good tires
  • Good transmission
  • Low compression on engine
  • Starts and drives
  • All emergency lights disconnected

**This vehicle is being sold “as is” with no warranty or guarantee**

To view this vehicle, please contact Summer Miller at South Pierce Fire and Rescue at 253-847-4333 (office line – calls will be returned within 24 hours) or email to set up a viewing appointment.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PLEASE DO NOT visit the stations to preview the vehicles without an appointment.

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Surplus Vehicles For Sale

**SOLD**  2001 Chevrolet Suburban

Located at Station 172, 39901 Harts Lake Valley Road South, Roy, WA.
176,440 Miles
**This vehicle is being sold “as is” with no warranty or guarantee**

Body is fair
Does not run
Engine – Poor
Transmission – Poor
Wiring – Poor
Tires – Poor

This vehicle has been sold.

**SOLD** 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe

Located at Station 171, 302 McNaught Street, Roy, WA.
167,042 Miles
**This vehicle is beind sold “as is” with no warranty or guarantee**

Body is fair
Last time running – 6 Months ago
Engine – Poor
Tires – Fair

This vehicle has been sold.

To view one or both of these vehicles, please contact Summer Miller at South Pierce Fire and Rescue at 253-847-4333 (office line – calls will be returned within 24 hours) or email to set up a viewing appointment.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PLEASE DO NOT visit the stations to preview the vehicles without an appointment.

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Effective August 2, DNR has banned all outdoor burning statewide. Some campfires may still be allowed in approved fire pits within some designated state, county, municipal, or other campgrounds. Please check with local authorities before lighting any fire. For specific information, see our sheet of acceptable and unacceptable burning.

To reduce the occurrence of human-caused wildfires, the Department of Natural Resources regulates outdoor burning through the use of burn restrictions and burn permits. DNR's jurisdiction includes all forestlands where DNR provides wildfire protection - 13 million acres of undeveloped non-federal forestland across the state. Your forested property is within DNR protection if you pay a forest fire protection assessment as part of your property tax. If you are unsure, check your county property tax statement or contact your local DNR region office.

When there is no burn restriction, burning on DNR-protected lands may be allowed if:

-You are the landowner of the property where the burning will occur, or you have obtained written permission to burn on the property from the landowner or the landowner’s designated representative, and
-Prohibited materials are not burned, which includes: garbage, dead animals, asphalt, petroleum products, paints, rubber products, plastics, treated wood, metal or any substance other than natural vegetation, which when burned releases toxic emissions, dense smoke, or odors, and
-The burning will not occur within the boundary of an Urban Growth Area unless the purpose of burning is to improve or maintain fire dependent ecosystems for rare plants or animals, and
-You are not burning debris generated from a land clearing operation. This also includes yard and garden materials moved from your improved property, and
-You follow the Rule Burn or Permit Burn

More info may be found at