CURRENT NEWS . . .
FIREWISE PROPERTY AWARDS FOR 2016 – The Firewise Board awarded the annual Firewise Property Awards for 2016 at the CERT meeting on August 9, 2016. These private or commercial properties met or exceeded the national fire safety code and made a tremendous difference in what was there before. The private property award went to Lou and Dee Moore. The commercial award went to the Visitor's Center with Alicia Bristow accepting. Watch for signs that are placed in front of the properties.
Remember, you too can firewise your property by cutting down all high grass, removing dead shrubbery and leaves, and making a perimeter around your property to prevent the spread of fire. Our brush dump is open to Oracle residents every day of the week. Stop by the fire station for details.
GET TO KNOW THE HOME IGNITION ZONE VIRTUAL WORKSHOP – Registration is now open for the second session of the 2016 Firewise Communities Ask an Expert Virtual Workshop series. Pre-registration is required for each session. Additional information can be found HERE. Each workshop provides a conference quality, free learning opportunity with leading researchers and practitioners in an interactive format. Every session closes with a 15-minute live Q&A with the guest presenter. Here is the
Workshop #3 - Thursday, September 16 at Noon MDT: Understanding Insurance in the Wildland Urban Interface
Workshop #4 - Tuesday, October 11 at 11am MDT: Community Risk Reduction Success Stories
Workshop #5 - Wednesday, November 9 at 1pm MDT: Wildland Urban Legends – Part 2
OFD SUMMER 2016 NEWSLETTER – You should have received our latest informative newsletter in the mail July 2016. It gives lots of information and resources to prepare for Evacuation if necessary. There's an emergency evacuation list and some firewise tips. We mention two sites that you may want to visit: Ready, Set, Go and the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety. All of our newsletters are online on our FIREWISE PUBLICATIONS page as well as a number of pdfs for printed brochures, flyers and links to useful sites that we will be adding to continually. The main link is also at the top of our home page. The newsletter was paid for by a federal grant from Secured Rural Schools, Title III, for Firewise Communities.
BRUSH BURN JULY 2016 – After the long awaited arrival of the 2016 monsoon, OFD firefighters didn't waste any time getting prepared to burn brush at the Oracle Firewise Brush Disposal Site. Approximately 1,100 loads of brush had accumulated since the last brush burn was held on March 15. The unburned brush pile had reached approximately 1000 feet long by 20 to 30 feet deep and 6 to 8 feet tall. Weather conditions on July 20 were ideal for burning and all burning objectives were met, including firefighter training objectives. After a one day closure (to assure complete extinguishment) the brush dump will reopen on July 21.
ORACLE SPAY & NEUTER CLINIC – On July 9, 2016 Charlottes Way Rescue hosted this clinic at the Oracle Fire station. It has been reported as a success due to all the many people behind the lines, both professional and volunteers. More than 100 animals were spayed or nuetered lessening the risk of strays or unwanted animals being euthanized. A big thank you to Cher of Charlottes Way Rescue for getting this together.
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/
MEETING for ORACLE was held
May 19, 2016 at OCC. Guest Speakers included:
• Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeau - How evacuations are conducted in the County
• Pinal County Office of Emergency Management, Art Carlton - their role in evacuations
• Arizona Department of Public Safety Sergeant Vern Havens - their role in evacuations
• Arizona Red Cross Program Manager Austin Creswell - Their role in shelters and helpful tips for preparation
• State Representative TJ Shope with his comments
• 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.
Click HERE if you would like to view the article on this meeting that was in the Miner. If you would like to view this meeting in its entirety on YouTube, please click HERE. The entire video is an one hour 20min long.
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 was seeking
comments during a 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. Oracle Firewise Board decided to send a letter on their position
for this Project. The letter can be viewed HERE.
Here is a link to Coronado National Forest's home page
if you wish to follow up
on this project.
If you need more information on Firescape, 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.