CURRENT NEWS . . .
FIREWORKS AND JULY 4TH – Oracle Fire does not encourage the use of fireworks in this area, but if you must, here are some fireworks safety tips:
Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks
Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully
Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire
Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using
Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly
More fireworks safety tips can be found at: www.cpsc.gov/fireworks
ORACLE FIRE BOARD VACANT SEAT – The Oracle Fire Board is currently seeking a person to fill a vacant seat on the Oracle Fire Board. The remainder of the four-year term will expire on Dec 1, 2019. Go to the Public Information page for more information. You may also obtain a form at the fire station.
DRONES DURING WILDFIRES A HAZARD – Although there haven't been any issues in Arizona to date, officials from the Coronado National Forest said drones are posing as a major threat during wildfire season. In response, the forest service released a public service announcement to prevent future wildfire-drone-related issues. With the increased drone usage and availability, drones are forcing emergency crews away from fire lines in parts of the U.S. Hobby drones have become increasingly more popular over the years as people use them to record video. While the firefighting industry has been adapting to drones being out in the environment, they're extremely dangerous in fires. “If one of those unmanned aircrafts shows up, it will ground our air show,” said Heidi Schewel Coronado National Forest Service. "If you fly, we can't." With drones becoming easier and cheaper to get, more firefighters around the nation are running into drones during a wildfire. Officials said calling off air support when drones are spotted is a necessary precaution. According to Schewel, more property will burn as crews wait for the unmanned aircraft to land.
LIGHTNING SAFETY RECOMENDATIONS:
Outdoor Lightning Safety:
NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area!!
If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
When you hear thunder, immediately move to safe shelter: a substantial building with electricity or plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up.
Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder. Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges or peaks.
Never lie flat on the ground.
Never shelter under an isolated tree.
Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter.
Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes and other bodies of water.
Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (barbed wire fences, power lines, windmills, etc.)
Indoor Lightning Safety:
Stay off corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity.
Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths and faucets.
Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
Do not lie on concrete floors; do not lean against concrete walls.
For more on lightning safety tips and the science behind why they reduce your risk of getting injured, click HERE.
THE ORACLE EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM – You can't afford not to be on this list for emergency notifications especially right now during wildfire months. Click HERE to go to the "ONE CALL NOW" form. Please be
sure to get any of your additional numbers (besides home landline) in the system by filling out this form and returning it to
Oracle Fire Dept.
Heat is the #1 weather-related killer in Arizona –
Hot temperatures mean precautions need to be taken to stay safe in the heat, especially at the start of summer. It takes about 7 to 14 days for the body to become acclimated to the heat. However, acclimation must be done safely and over time. Plus the more fit and healthy you are, the better you body can handle the heat. Know your limits.
Stay safe in the heat: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Sweating in the dry, desert heat is much more efficient than in humid environments. Dehydration sets in quicker here in the desert. Wear a broad brimmed hat to keep the sun off your face. Wear loose fitting clothes. Slather on the sunscreen. Increased sweating during the heat weakens the effect of sunscreen, which means increased applications may be necessary. Never leave children or pets in cars, even for minutes, during hot summer day. When the airconditioning is on, car the temperature may hover around 80°. But once the car is turned off, temperatures can increase to the 100s in less than 10 minutes. If pets spend most of their time outdoors they should be given plenty of cool, clean water to drink through the day, plus shade from the sun.
The National Weather Service lists a series of heat-related illnesses: HEAT CRAMPS /
HEAT EXHAUSTION / HEAT STROKE
For more details on symptoms and first aid for these conditions, read more at: Tucson News Now
One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire – go to: http://www.wildlandfirersg.org/ for more information!
TIMBERLINE FIRE – On May 26th, Engine 691 responded to a report of a vehicle fire on Timberline Drive. Upon arrival, an RV pickup/ camper was fully involved in flames. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire. At this time, the cause of the fire is unknown. No injuries were reported and no other property was damaged.
ARCING WIRES IN ORACLE – Near the end of a Century plants life cycle, it will grow a large stem from the center that can reach heights of 20 to 30 feet. The one shown in the picture is a typical plant, however it just happened to grow directly underneath of a high voltage power line. As the stem got within an inch or so of the power line it developed an electrical arc that could be seen and heard for quite a distance. Engine 692 responded to a 911 call for "Arcing Wires" and remained on scene until the electrical company could safely saw the stem away from the power line.
Don't be the spark for the next wildfire in southern Arizona –
With two wildfires burning in southern Arizona, fire crews urge anyone planning to spend time outdoors for Memorial Day Weekend to take extra care of their fires and campgrounds. Read the full story at Tucson News Now.
Fire officials ask that anyone camping, cooking or spending time outside pay attention to their surroundings. Tips for fire prevention can be found here: wildlandfire.az.gov
FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR – Captain Paul Farrell was presented with the Oracle Firefighter of the Year award during the May Fire Board meeting. Captain Farrell has been employed as a full time firefighter for the past seven years and this is the second time he has received our highest award. Paul's wife and children were in the audience to watch Chief Southard and Chief Jennings present him with a plaque.
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."
NEW BRUSH DUMP FEES – We will be increasing some
of our fees for the Oracle Brush Dump starting in 2015
• One Load: $3.00 • Two Loads: (truckbed plus trailer) $5.00 • Commercial-size load: (dump truck) $10.00.
Remember, items gladly accepted are: tree trimmings and brush. Items NOT accepted are: cactus, garbage, lumber, stumps, paper,
plastics, metal, fluids and site cleaning material. We are open all day, every day!
MASTICATION MACHINE – The Arizona Department of Forestry worked on a brush-thinning project along the west end of Oracle. The 3-mile long project was partially completed by hand crews using chain saws and then placed the cut materials into piles. Those piles were shredded by a mastication machine as shown in these pictures. The mastication machine will be used in places where getting the chipper close enough to the cut material is not feasible. Several upcoming projects will be completed in this same way.
PROPERTY EVALUATION MAPS – 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.