CURRENT NEWS . . .
THE BRUSH DUMP BURNS! (7/21/14) Our long-awaited event at the Oracle Brush Dump occurred on July 21st and It was a very manageable fire. The brush burned much slower than predicted it would; we actually had to encourage fire growth by torching out ahead of the fire. Humidity in the 30% to 40% range is ideal burning conditions and we are currently at 40%.
We had 23 Department of Corrections Wildland Firefighters watching over the fire, plus our OFD on-duty crew. We had a complete burn and met all objectives.
Shown here is Oracle and Florence Wildland crews working together to burn brush at the Oracle Firewise Brush Dump.
Homeowners' TREE Workshop & Firewise Education – Oracle Firewise teamed up with the Arizona Forestry Division to host a Tree Workshop on July 18th. About 50 people attended the 3 hour event.
BREATHING DEEPLY & SAFELY AFTER A FIRE – UA researchers are working to ensure that firefighters and first responders breathe safely while cleaning up after fires. Read the article from UA News by clicking HERE.
INVISIBLE SNAKE BITES – Whether human desert dwellers are ready or not, Arizona's rattlesnakes are welcoming offspring. Baby rattlers are born in July and August and are active. The baby snakes have no rattle until they first shed their skins, so they make no warning sound before striking. The babies range in length from six to 12 inches, and have enough venom to be very dangerous. Brush and grass may camouflage the small snakes so well that they are "invisible" to people. The Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center in Tucson, part of the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, serves all parts of the state. Specialists answering phones receive calls from Arizonans of all ages who have suffered rattlesnake bites without realizing they had encountered a reptile. For more information go HERE or contact Oracle Fire Dept.
One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire – go to: http://www.wildlandfirersg.org/ for more information!
ARIZONA FIRE SEASON. Go to: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ for more detailed information on active fires in the US. You can also review fires from other states as well.
THE NEW ORACLE EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM –
Click HERE to go to the "ONE CALL NOW" form. Please be
sure to get any additional numbers in the system by filling out this form and returning it to
Oracle Fire Dept.
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.
RED FLAG WARNING DAY – Oracle Firewise Board along with Oracle Fire Dept has installed a NEW flag pole at the station just for flying this red flag when conditions are in place to indicate Fire Weather Warning. A Red Flag Warning means high fire danger with increased probability of a quickly spreading vegetation fire in the area within 24 hours.
NEW FIRE STATUS SIGN IN ORACLE – The Oracle Firewise Board purchased a new sign to help alert the community and travelers alike, to current fire danger conditions. Oracle CERTs volunteered to install the new sign on property owned by long time Oracle citizens Frank Pierson and Mary Ellen Kazda (Kaz). The dial indicator on the sign will be changed whenever the Smokey Bear sign at the fire station is changed.
From left to right: Dan Piermarini, Kevin Armbrust, Brian Kirkpatrick and John Medley