CURRENT NEWS . . .
2017 PROPERTY AWARDS OF THE YEAR – (Sept 12, 2017). The Oracle Firewise Board presented the 2017 property awards of the year to residents of Oracle. Mary Harris and Becky Taylor, co-chairs of the Board, presented the residential award to two different locations this time, Rodolfo & Margaret Moreno and Andrew & Allison Hendrix. The commercial award went to Living Word Chapel. Lead Pastor James Ruiz accepted the award for the church.
Shown above are co-chairs Becky Taylor and Mary Harris, Fire Chief Jennings, Pastor James Ruiz, the Moreno and the Hendrix families with their certificates.
Oracle Fire District Fire Chief Robert Jennings was at the presentation and spoke to the audience about the importance of being firewise and clearing property of brush, grass and other potential fire fuels. He said that it has helped in recent fires in the area and has prevented fires from spreading. He also commended the Firewise Board and group for the work they do.
Thanks to the efforts of Dale, Brian and Kevin the new property award signs are now in front of each of the properties.
BRUSH DUMP NEWS – Saturday, September 2, 2017 – Oracle Fire District was finally able to burn the huge amounts of weeds, grass and brush that had accumulated at the Brush Dump located on American Ave. near the entrance to Oracle.
Did you know that we have had 1671 trips to the brush dump so far this year? The grasses etc. are at an all time high after all our rains. However, to actually do a 'burn,' all sorts of parameters must be in place before OFD can do this. So this burn was most welcome at this time. It will still take more time and work to get our community safe again. We are happy we can get "back to business" and continue this effort. Thank you Oracle! Keep 'er comin'!
CERT DRILL – Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 – Oracle CERTs (Community Emergency ResponseTeam) held their monthly meeting and drill led by co-chair Doug Johnson. Their task was to review and check their CERT bag items. CERTs keep these bags handy in case they are called in an emergency so they are ready quickly.
There were also Certificates of Appreciation presented by the Pinal County Office of Emergency Management to those certs that volunteered at recent fires or events.
They included Susie Fairbanks, Kevin Armbrust, Susie & Collins Cochran, Barbara & Bernie Haas, Doug Johnson, David Harris and Dale Suter. We thank you for your service.
FIREWISE AT THE ZIP – July 29, 2017 – Members of the Oracle Firewise board participated in Community Days at the Arizona Zipline Adventure by sharing information about firewise, emergency notification system, home assessments, and smoke alarms to visitors at the zipline Saturday morning. (shown below Barb Haas, Mary Harris, David Harris and Dale Suter)
ARTICLE – This time the NY Times has an article called: "Let Forest Fires Burn? What the Black-Backed Woodpecker Knows." A scientific debate is intensitying over whethere too much money and too many lives are lost fighting forest fires. Click HERE if you wish to read this.
ARTICLE – Want to know more about the science of wildfires?
UA News has an article "AN INSIDER'S PERSPECTIVE ON THE SCIENCE BEHIND WILDFIRES." Click HERE to read this insight about the ecology and physics involved.
SMELL SMOKE? if you see or smell smoke or see a fire, please call 911. If you would simply like to know more about the fires burning in Arizona, please follow this link to Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/.
EMERGENCY EVACUATION LIST – If you would like to have a suggested EMERGENCY EVACUATION LIST click HERE to see and print the pdf to have handy.
THE ORACLE EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM (ENS) –
You can't afford not to be on this list for emergency notifications. Click to go to the "ENS" form and be
sure to get any additional numbers (besides your landline) in the system by filling it out and returning it to
Oracle Fire District. Just drop it by the fire station.
FIREWISE PUBLICATIONS – Here is a list of firewise publications that may be useful to you. Click HERE to select your interest.
MORE INFORMATION – Would you like more useful info on wildfire?
Click HERE for News & Information, Fire Weather, Maps, WIldland Fire Data in Google Earth, Arizona Fire Ecology, WIldland Fire, Firewise Resources, Smoke and Air Quality, Info for Before, During and After a Wildfire, How to Help and Fire Prevention & Education topics. There are several excellent artlces relative under each topic you can click to at the Arizona Interagency Wildfire Prevention website.
ORACLE BRUSH FIRE – A brush fire was reported on Calle Futura in Oracle about 11:30am on Thursday, June 29th. OFD crews responded and were able to stop the spread at approximately 1.75 acres. Two fire departments responded besides OFD which included San Manuel and Golder Ranch. OFD Certs assisted with hydration and heat relief. Thanks for a great job stopping the fire and containing it to a few acres and the support.
This is an important reminder of how dry it is and how dangerous any type of spark can be! Please be extremely careful with any form of sparkler or fireworks over the July 4th weekend.
photos by jcook / suter / kmh
ARCING WIRES – There was a small fire in the heart of Oracle on June 19th, caused by arcing wires, which burned the top of a tall pine tree. A crew from the Bureau of Indian Affairs San Carlos Irrigation Project responded to repair the line and to clear the brush from under the power line. They told our crew that this is a free service that they provide for brush removal directly under their power lines. If you have this situation or know of an area of concern, you can call the BIA at 520-723-6209, option #1 "to report a utility hazard."
OAKS PARADE 2017 – A good time was had by all at the annual Oaks Festival on April 22, 2017. Oracle Fire District got to show off some of their apparatus and the CERT and Firewise group joined in on the Viper. In addition to the Viper and information booths, they also brought the Kid's Safety Van which featured firewise experience and tips for kids.
WILDFIRE INFORMATION – There is ONE WEBSITE that has the best information on all major fires in the US. Make this a bookmark for Arizona and any other state you may want to check on. The home page takes you to the most current and largest fires. It has maps, details and updates. For all fires in one state, click at the top right, choose your state and click GO. Click HERE to go to that site or bookmark the link: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
What is a Red Flag Warning? – According to the National Weather Service, a Red Flag Warning is issued when a "combination of low humidity, strong winds, dry ground cover, and warm temperatures are expected to bring critical fire weather conditions to the warned area." When we have these conditions, you may see a red flag flying in front of the fire station. Please be vigilant and cautious especially on these days. The fire status in Oracle is now at Very High.
OFD BUDGET – The 2017-2018 OFD Adopted Budget is now available for viewing. Click HERE to view it.