Lost Mountain fire station to go on market

Fire district looks to offset new Carlsborg station costs

Clallam County Fire District 3’s Lost Mountain Fire Station 36 is set to be listed for sale this week.

The station opened in June 1980 at 40 Texas Valley Road, about six miles south of U.S. Highway 101, to serve the Lost Mountain area, and will tentatively be listed for $399,950 through Mark N. McHugh Real Estate, District 3 Fire Chief Justin Grider said in an interview.

Its sale will go towards construction costs for building a new, larger Carlsborg Station 33 at the current Training and Operation Center property at 255 Carlsborg Road.

Fire commissioners previously agreed to sell two pieces of property — 1.96 acres on East Anderson Road for $160,000, and 5.2 acres on the 100 block of Sieberts Creek Road for $175,000 — after determining the locations were no longer ideal for new fire stations.

Their sale proceeds will go towards the Carlsborg station project, too.

The Lost Mountain sale follows unsuccessful efforts to recruit enough active volunteers to keep the station operating. Fire district officials held two public meetings, placed signage and sent out information postcards.

Station 36 hasn’t had an active volunteer since 2021, it’s been without an apparatus for about a decade, and its few annual calls for service to the area are covered by Carlsborg Station 33 with an approximate 8-minute response time, according to fire district staff.

Following the station’s last public outreach meeting, fire commissioner Mike Mingee said he’d consider recommending using some of the Lost Mountain proceeds to purchase a container and some equipment for the Lost Mountain Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members to use in an emergency.

District officials previously said they’d also save the bell atop the building and donate it to Sequim Museum and Arts.

Grider said building a new Carlsborg station remains a major priority for the district, but first they must pass their levies next year.

“We’re still looking at other options to take the burden off (of the Carlsborg station construction),” he said.

In late May, commissioners directed staff to begin preparing a general levy and an EMS levy lid lifts for voters on Aug. 5, 2025.

Those levies would maintain the district’s services and staffing levels, including 50 active firefighters, and help replace equipment and infrastructure, district staff said.

Commissioners in April were against bringing a construction bond to voters for the Carlsborg station in-part due to the 60% supermajority required and they want to explore other funding options.

The commissioners agreed on June 18 to talk with consultant Liz Loomis about potentially partnering again to help guide the district through the levies’ elections.

District officials recommend partnering with her for up to $72,000, but no decision has been made yet.

She worked with the district in their successful effort in 2018 to renew its general levy rate from $1.26 to $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value. Voters also passed an EMS levy renewal in 2019 to go from $0.46 to $0.50 per $1,000 of assessed value.

“She would help set up our committees to make sure we’re on the right path and provide insights on what does and doesn’t work,” Grider said.

For next summer’s preliminary proposals, district staff report voters would decide on raising the general levy lid lift from $1.12 to $1.50 per $1,000 assessed value of a home, and the EMS levy from $0.35 to $0.50 per $1,000 assessed valuation.

According to budget totals, the general levy makes up about two-thirds of the district’s budget, and the EMS levy makes up most of the other-third.

On June 18, fire commissioners directed staff to begin gathering relevant statistical information for residents, such as call loads, response times and more.

Staff previously said the fire district is on pace to have a record 9,000 emergency calls this year.

For more about Clallam County Fire District 3, visit ccfd3.org.