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Posted on: October 29, 2020

Outdoor siren warning system updated to help communities respond to emergencies

Pierce County residents living near the outdoor warning system will hear new sounds and voice instructions when the system is tested at noon on Monday, Nov. 2. 

The warning system, originally installed to warn of a lahar from Mt. Rainier, will not...

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Emergency Management
Posted on: September 14, 2020

Wildfire Smoke Alert for the Puget Sound Region

 Wildfire Smoke Alert for the Puget Sound Region 

This is an alert about wildfire smoke from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and the health departments of King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. Current air pollution due to wildfir...

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Emergency Management
Posted on: September 11, 2020

Washington State Task Force-1 deploying to Oregon to assist with search and rescue

Washington State Task Force-1 FEMA Urban Search and Rescue (WA-TF1) has been activated to support Oregon and assist in search and rescue missions. The Type 1 team, consisting of 70 people from Pierce and King counties and the City of Seattle Fire Departme...

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Emergency Management
Posted on: September 11, 2020

Mobile Testing Stations postponed Saturday due to poor air quality

Due to worsening air quality, the Pierce County Mobile Testing Stations will temporarily halt services Saturday, Sept. 12. Testing today, Friday, Sept. 11, will continue as scheduled. 

Testing services are postponed for the safety of staff and tho...

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Emergency Management
Posted on: September 10, 2020

Pierce County fire marshal determines Graham fire accidental

The Pierce County Fire Marshal’s Office determined the 244th Command Fire in Graham was accidental when strong winds blew a tree down into power lines that caused very dry vegetation to catch fire.

The Sept.  7 fire led to a Level 3 evac...

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Emergency Management
Posted on: June 28, 2019

Countywide burn ban in Pierce County begins July 1

A county-wide burn ban in Pierce County will take effect at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 1, until further notice.

Pierce County Fire Marshal in partnership with the Pierce County Fire Chiefs’ Association has declared a countywide burn ban. This ban is due to cur...

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Emergency Management
Posted on: August 18, 2016

Heat advisory notice and options

Due to the high temperatures expected this weekend, the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued an excessive heat warning for parts of the Puget Sound. Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 80s to lower 90s Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 18-20. ...Read on...

Emergency Management
Posted on: August 18, 2016

Dry weather prompts county-wide burn ban

Pierce County Fire Marshal Warner Webb has announced a county-wide outdoor burn ban, effective 8 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 18, until further notice. Dry weather and forecasts calling for continued dry heat prompted the limited ban, issued jointly with the Pier...Read on...

Emergency Management
Posted on: December 9, 2015

Emergency Operations Center open

In response to flooding on multiple rivers, isolated landslides, and road closures in Pierce County, the Pierce County Emergency Operations Center opened today at a Level 2 at 9 a.m.

Officials are working with jurisdictions and partners across Pierce...Read on...

Emergency Management
Posted on: August 14, 2015

Glacial outburst flood and debris flow occurs at Mount Rainier National Park

From Mount Rainier National Park News:

A glacial outburst flood and debris flow occurred at Tahoma Creek in Mount Rainier National Park on Thursday, August 13, 2015 beginning at approximately 9:40 am. The glacial outburst flood originated from the Sout...Read on...

Emergency Management
Posted on: July 1, 2015

Stay safe and legal this 4th of July

The Pierce County Fire Marshal and Department of Emergency Management wants to wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July. The best way to safely enjoy the 4th is to watch a public fireworks display conducted by professionals. However, if you decide to ...Read on...

Emergency Management
Posted on: June 25, 2015

Excessive heat advisory issued

The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement for hot weather for parts of the Puget Sound area this weekend. Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 80s to mid 90s on Friday through Sunday.

The Pierce County Department of E...Read on...

Emergency Management
Posted on: January 15, 2015

Urban Search and Rescue dogs to face final test in Puyallup

Canine heroes-in-waiting from around the nation will converge this weekend on a Puyallup gravel pit for their final trial. For those that pass the test, they'll receive coveted certification from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Urban Search and ...Read on...

Emergency Management
Posted on: October 22, 2014

Learn how to be “WinterWise” at Oct. 25 event at McLendon Hardware in Puyallup

Pierce County is gearing up to respond to winter weather, and community members are encouraged to do the same.

Residents can learn about Pierce County’s response efforts and how they can prepare for winter weather at the WinterWise Kickoff Event from 1...Read on...

Emergency Management
Posted on: July 11, 2014

Heat advisory prompts county-wide outdoor burn ban

The Pierce County Fire Marshal has declared an immediate county-wide burn ban. Weather forecasts calling for continued dry heat prompted the limited ban, which was issued jointly with the Pierce County Fire Chiefs’ Association and the Department of Natura...Read on...

Emergency Management
Posted on: June 16, 2014

Pierce County wins national awards for District Court Live Chat and the FirstToSee emergency system

Pierce County leads the nation when it comes to using technology to better serve the Courts and protect the public in a disaster. That’s why the County has received three national awards for District Court’s Live Chat and the FirstToSee emergency system.

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Emergency Management
Posted on: April 15, 2014

Floodwater protection measures coming for residents of Midland

Pierce County’s Flood Control Zone District – a special-purpose district represented by all seven members of the Pierce County Council – has announced that an unincorporated portion of the county will be the next to receive funding to help mitigate flood ...Read on...

Emergency Management
Posted on: July 11, 2013

Pierce County wins national awards for voter project and emergency mobile app

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Last year, Pierce County completed a redistricting project affecting nearly every local voter in just five weeks. The county also started using the latest mobile technology to track damage to roads, bridges, and buildings during floods, fires and other di...Read on...

Emergency Management