CURRENT NEWS . . .
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.