Graham Wildfire Update

Graham Fire & Rescue Wildfires

244th Command Fire – Located in the 154000 block of 240th St E, East of Orting Kapowsin Highway.

244th Command Fire Infographic

September 13, 2020 – The 244th Command Fire is 100% contained. 

September 9, 2020 – Effective 6:00 PM on Wednesday, September 9 evacuation orders will be lifted. Residents may return home. 

  • Level 3 evacuation orders were issued for the El Dorado Estates neighborhood and the surrounding areas (see map below).
  • A State Mobilization request was approved to obtain more resources on the fire ground. Resources are very limited with fires happening in other areas of the State.
  • A Western Washington Incident Management Team was brought in to take command of the fire.
Level 3 Evacuation

September 7, 2020 Evacuation Map

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Evacuation Levels 

  • Level 1: Ready – Check local news, tell your neighbors about possible evacuation and help others.
  • Level 2: Set – Have your emergency kit, evacuation plan and meeting place ready to go.
  • Level 3: Go – Leave now because you are in danger.

Individuals who have lost their home or were displaced because of this fire should contact the South Puget Sound Red Cross at (571) 595-7723.

Was your family displaced by the 244th Command Fire? Please email wildfirerelief@grahamfire.org


Report Fire & Storm Damage

The Pierce County Department of Emergency Management is asking the community’s help in providing initial damage estimates to the State of Washington and FEMA. This information will be used to request federal disaster assistance for Pierce County residents.

If approved by the president, federal disaster assistance can take many forms, such as: sheltering, feeding, emergency supplies, housing/rental assistance, loans, crisis counseling, and unemployment assistance.

To submit initial damage estimates, visit the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management website at www.piercecountywa.gov/reportdamage and complete the online form. For more information, call (253) 798-6595 or email disaster.recovery@piercecountywa.gov.


Preparing for Disaster

The 244th Command Fire proved that disaster can strike when you least expect it. Help ensure your safety by following the tips below to prepare yourself and your family.

Make A Plan

How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings? The most effective way to receive emergency information in Pierce County is by signing up for Pierce County Alert. We will use this system to send out important and time sensitive information, such as evacuation notices. Alerts and warnings will be sent directly to your cellphone, landline, and/or email.

What is my shelter plan? Shelter options can include going to a family or friends house outside the disaster area, reaching out to a religious institution, or contacting the Red Cross. Download the FEMA app for a list of open shelters during an active disaster in your local area.

What is my evacuation route? Plan how you will leave and where you will go if you are advised to evacuate. Be alert for road hazards such as washed-out roads or bridges and downed power lines. Do not drive into flooded areas.

What is my family/household communication plan? Communication networks, such as mobile phones and computers, could be unreliable during disasters, and electricity could be disrupted. Planning in advance will help ensure that all the members of your household—including children and people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, as well as outside caregivers—know how to reach each other and where to meet up in an emergency. Click here to learn how to create an emergency communication plan.

Build an Emergency Preparedness Kit

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
  • Download the Recommended Supplies List (PDF)

Since you do not know where you will be when an emergency occurs, prepare supplies for home, work and cars.

  • Home: Keep this kit in a designated place and have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept.
  • Work: Be prepared to shelter at work for at least 24 hours. Your work kit should include food, water and other necessities like medicines, as well as comfortable walking shoes, stored in a “grab and go” case.
  • Car: In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car.

Learn more by visiting https://www.ready.gov/