CURRENT NEWS . . .
GRASS FIRE IN ORACLE – On Friday mid afternoon (5/20/16) we had a grass fire. The fire near Maraposa and Robles was about an acre in size and was extinguished in eight minutes by our capable crew. Thanks guys! Folks, don't delay – get your yards cleaned up! Use the Brush Dump and be prepared!
ORACLE FIRE DISTRICT CELEBRATED ITS 50th ON
APRIL 30, 2016 . . .
Since February 1966, Oracle Fire District has been protecting
and serving the community of Oracle, Arizona.
Oracle Fire District takes tremendous pride in its commitment and ability to remain vital and make a positive impact on our citizens' daily safety and health. We look forward to sharing our history with you, as well as
celebrating the continuing vision of our work, training and service.
Here are a few highlights of the day:
Members of Don Hartman's family accepted the award named for the first fire chief from Oracle Fire's Assistant Chief Robert Jennings and Chief Larry Southard. (source: MinerSunbasin News)
The winner of the first OFD Don Hartman Firefighter of the Year award was Battalion Chief Brian McGinnis (right). Pictured along with Assistant Fire Chief Chief Robert Jennings and Fire Chief Larry Southard. (source: MinerSunbasin News)
State Representatives Frank Pratt and TJ Shope (far right) presented OFD with an official proclamation by the House of Representatives. Pictured with them are Pinal County Supervisor Pete Rios left, Assistant Fire Chief Robert Jennings, Admin Chief Tina Acosta, and Fire Chief Larry Southard. Stop by the fire house to see the award. (source: MinerSunbasin News)
Along with OFD staff the Firewise Board worked hard to make it a successful day for all.
MEETING at ORACLE COMMUNITY CENTER was held on
Thursday, May 19, 2016, at 6:30pm.
Guest Speakers included:
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeau - How evacuations are conducted in the County / PInal County Emergency Management Director Charles Kmet - The County's role in evacuations /
Arizona Department of Public Safety Sergeant Vern Havens - DPS role in evacuations /
Arizona Red Cross Program Manager Austin Creswell - Their role in shelters and helpful tips for preparation /
Oracle Fire District Fire Chief Larry Southard and Asst. Chief Robert Jennings - The Fire District's role in evacuations and what YOU can do to help /
Oracle Fire District Firewise Co-Chair Mary Harris - Explanation of the Emergency Notification System, how to sign up and offer of materials on how to create a Firewise home.
Here's a brief general list of what to take during an evacuation:
To Take: Family / Pets /Legal Documents / Money / Medications / Jewelry / Sentimental Items / Food and Water / Toiletries / Clothing / First Aid Kit / 72-Hour Kit / Emergency Contact List / Cell Phone connections. More information to come . . .
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." Please note that we put our "Red Flag" out in front of the station whenever this condition is present. We have had several days of wind. Let's hope it settles down.
CATALINA-RINCON FIRESCAPE PROJECT – The Santa Catalina Ranger District, Coronado National Forest is seeking comments during the 30-day comment period on a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Catalina-Rincon FireScape Project (CRFS). The CRFS is a landscape-scale restoration project that focuses on promoting resilient ecosystems; protecting life, property, and natural resources; and encouraging natural wildland fire to function as a healthy process in the ecosystem.
If you need more information click HERE. Contact Christina Pearson (520) 760-2315 or SantaCatalinaRD@fs.fed.us.
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.
OFD BUDGET – The 2016-2017 OFD Budget is now available for viewing. Click HERE to see it.