CURRENT NEWS . . .
NATIONAL FIREWISE DAY! Thank you for using the Brush Dump in the rain on March 1st. We are having a "free rain date" for those that could not get there on Saturday, March 22nd from 8am-4pm to honor National Firewise Day again.
FW/Cert volunteers will be manning the gate. So come on down . . .
ORACLE RESIDENTS ONLY PLEASE!
Let's get those yards cleaned up. Items gladly accepted are: tree trimmings and brush. Items NOT accepted are cactus, garbage, lumber, stumps, paper, plastics, metal, fluids and site cleaning material.
ORACLE BURN PERMITS – Burn permits for the Oracle area are suspended effective 3/1/14 until further notice.
NW Fire to disband Hot Shot Crew – read more HERE.
The answer to forest-destroying fires is more fire, researchers say – click HERE to read ther article from azstarnet.
Fire danger in Oracle has officials pushing for better protection for homes. An article on azstarnet features ORACLE photos in their news. Click HERE or on the photo below to see the gallery.
Oracle Fire Chief Larry Southard has 1,700 homes to protect in his 33 square-mile district. And with continuing dry conditions and three unusually early brush fires battled this year, he is pushing hard to widen buffer zones from 30 feet to 100 feet between the oak/ manzanita forest and homes at risk. These properties in Oracle have been cleared to a point where they are less likely to be fire hazards.
Photos by Ron Medvescek / Arizona Daily Star (Feb. 18, 2014).
ORACLE TINDERBOX – Keeping one eye open! Another EXTENSIVE article on azstarnet has more details on the fire status here. In Oracle tinderbox, fire boss sleeps "with one eye open." Click HERE to read more.
Congratulations to Nancy Patten for winning the 2013 Firewise Private Property award. She is shown here with Fire Chief Larry Southard and Firewise Board Cochair Rachel Opinsky receiving her award.
Congratulations to BRENT FROST, our 2013 Firefighter of the Year. He is shown here receiving his award with Fire Chief Larry Southard at the Annual Elks Dinner on Jan. 25, 2014.
Fire in Oracle (01-06-14) – Winds and cold greeted the firefighters at a late morning fire on Grant Road on Jan 6th. They were able to control the fire so it did not venture into the huge brush area adjacent to the property. However, the trailer was lost. Noone was home at the time.
SIGN UP FOR THE NEW ORACLE EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM – Oracle Fire and the Firewise Board are pleased to announce the use of a new phone system that is the best and fastest way
to get emergency information out to our community.
This new system has been funded by the Oracle FIREWISE Board and unlike our older system, it will deliver hundreds
of emergency notifications at once to all phone numbers that are participating in the system. Click HERE to go to the "Getting Added" form to fill out.
sure to get your additional numbers in the system by filling out this form and returning it to
Oracle Fire Dept.
THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING THE ORACLE WILDFIRE FORUM in
October at Oracle Community Center. Speakers were on hand to inform
Oracle about Oracle's Wildfire Facts and
• CORONADO NATIONAL FOREST / ARIZONA STATE FORESTER’s Office / PINAL COUNTY SHERIFF’s Office.
PROPERTY EVALUATION MAPS – NEW property evaluations by members of the Fire Dept. and the Firewise board have been conducted. Final results are not posted yet, but we will inform you when they are. In the meantime, if you would like to see the present map to see how your property was doing in 2009, click HERE to go DIRECTLY to that page.
A Wildland Firefighter Team conducting a training burnout near Rancho Robles in October 2013.
Explorer Duty – Oracle Fire Explorers assisting with extinguishing a brush burn at the Oracle Firewise Brush Dump in October 2013.
• Follow National Firewise Communities recommendations for making your home and property safer from wildfire. You can find lots of information on their website by clicking HERE.
READY, SET, GO PLAN – This personal Wildfire Action Plan is invaluable for providing a lot of helpful tips on protecting your home and your family from wildfire and it also includes good checklists. Click HERE to read the pdf.
It's that time of year when we all need to be on extreme alert for smoke and fire. Please call 911 at the first sighting, and please check out this document.