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CURRENT NEWS . . .

FREEMAN FIRE – The Freeman Fire in the Willow Springs area
is NOT a threat to Oracle and is 100% contained. For more info on any fires near Oracle, click HERE or go to:
https://inciweb.wildfire.gov/incident-information/
You can also go onto Facebook to our Oracle Fire District link
(click on the right side of this page to facebook). We have information with updates from dffm.az.gov.

BRUSH DUMP OPEN! (July 8, 2024) The Oracle Brush Dump will
re-open Tuesday, July 9th at 8am and will resume the normal schedule: Tuesday-Saturday, 8am-4:45pm, closed on holidays. However, the dump is near capacity, so it will be re-evaluated on a weekly basis until it needs to be closed again.

July 4th Celebration – ORACLE 2024 – Local folks celebrated in Oracle today with a parade in the morning plus breakast and a lunch at Oracle Community Center. The annual event of an OFD fire truck at the center to cool people off with a water spray was quite welcome. Enjoy and have a safe holiday! Stay tuned for some photos of the event shortly.

HONORING OUR VOLUNTEERS – OFD firefighters, staff, and volunteers were honored to participate in the Fourth of July parade and festivities organized by the volunteer board at the Oracle Community Center. We would like to recognize these board members for their hard work and dedication to our community. Many of our nonprofit organizations rely upon volunteers. Please join us in celebrating these wonderful people, and let us know if you too would like to volunteer. There are a large variety of volunteer positions needed to be filled in Oracle.

Fire Status Oracle – In just the last few weeks since we have had rain in Oracle, we have gone from a Fire Status of Extreme, to High and now to Moderate.
Status signs are located on the right just before you get to Oracle Post Office as well as on the Reader Board in front of the station house. You can also check it on our website on the right side of the home page. Congratulations to us. Let's hope it continues!

NEW FIRE BOARD MEMBER – New OFD Fire Board member, Laura Calvert from Oracle, was sworn in at the public meeting on April 17th by Acting Chairman McNulty with Board members Robert Guyton and Rob Walker in attendance.
Laura-newbdMPhoto left to right: Fire Chief Robert Jennings, Oracle Fire Board members Rob Walker, Robert Guyton, Laura Calvert, and Jim McNulty.

CERT TRAFFIC CONTROL TRAINING – On April 27, 2024, the Oracle CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) members participated in Traffic Control Training provided by the Pinal County Sheriffs Office with Deputies Rice and Thomas. Training consisted of both classroom and in-field training. Those that participated were: Larry & Susan Keane, Michael & Rachel Opinsky, Ward Frost, Sharon & Thorne Bertrand, Barb & Bernie Haas and Mary & David Harris as well as Tina Acosta.
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CERT TRAINING AT OFD – On January 13, 2024, members of our CERT group took a SCBA training class with Firefighters Nick Brenning, Alan Lopez and Harley Van Coillie. This class in Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) was to familiaize CERTs with the filling of air bottles to assist during an emergency with Oracle Fire District. The firefighters are needed on scene and Certs can help at the station to get additional equipment ready if needed.
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WE HAD A GREAT TOWN HALL MEETING ON MAY 16, 2024 at Oracle Community Center. We had excellent speakers and a great crowd. Lots of good information. This was our flyer for the event.
We will be updating you soon on what happened.

HOPE YOU WERE ABLE TO GET TO THE FREE ORACLE BRUSH DUMP DAY ON SAT., MAY 4, 2024 – The brush has been burned, and the re-opening was on May 4. And, in recognition of National Wildfire Preparedness Day, we offered FREE and unlimited loads to Oracle residents who had their resident card for just that day.
RESIDENT CARDS – If you have not yet registered for a resident card, please do so by coming to the fire station front office Monday through Thursdays from 8am-4:45pm. You will need "proof of residency" within the Oracle Fire District whenever you want to use the Brush Dump.
BRUSH DUMP BASIC RULES – NO TRASH, CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS, PALLETS, CACTUS, AGAVES, YUCCAS, TREE STUMPS OR TREE TRUNKS LARGER THAN 10” IN DIAMETER. Normal brush dump hours are TUES–SAT, 8am–4:45pm, closed on holidays.

The Oracle Brush Dump –
The Oracle Brush Dump is OPEN for regular business hours.
Regular business hours are Tuesdays-Saturdays 8:00am-4:45pm and closed on Sundays, Mondays and Holidays.

• Please bring your resident card and exact change ($5 for a single truck or trailer, $10 for both, and $20 for a dump truck).
If you do not already have a resident card, please bring proof of residency within the Oracle Fire District, such as a driver's license or utility bill.
• As always, NO TRASH ALLOWED! This includes construction materials, even if it is wood. This is a Firewise program and designed to accept cuttings from trees, shrubs and grass. We cannot accept large tree stumps as they do not burn completely and need to be hauled away after burns. Also, NO CACTUS, AGAVES, AND YUCCAS. They also do not burn thoroughly. Thank you for your patience!

OPTIONS . . .
There are several options beside using the Oracle Brush Dump:
• One is the use of the Pinal County Waste Voucher Disposal Program* (more information below). The other is a link to many FREE Dump or Cleanup Events throughout Pinal County, two that will be in San Manuel. These will be posted on social media and the pinal county website.

Use of County Vouchers . . . Materials (like cactus, agaves, large tree stumps, construction lumber, etc) can be taken to our local Waste Management location using a Pinal County voucher.
Free vouchers are available through Pinal County: Eligible Cities: Aravaipa, Dudleyville, Kearny, Mammoth, Oracle, San Manuel, and Superior.

Waste Voucher Disposal Program Application –
1. Complete and return the Application:
Contact 520-866-6419 for the application or you can click HERE
or on this link for the application:
https://pinalcountyaz.seamlessdocs.com/f/wastewatervoucher
2. Submit the required documents:
Required Documents:
1. A current utility bill stating your name and residential service address. Acceptable Documents: Water, Power, Sewer & Trash Bill.
2. A copy of a valid State Issued ID/Driver’s License.
Voucher pickup information will be provided by Public Works once the application has been approved.
Three vouchers are issued to the primary residence once per year. Valid voucher dates are July-Oct, Nov-Feb & March-June. Any lost vouchers will not be replaced.

BRUSH DUMP POLICIES & PROCEDURES:
POLICIES:

• Use of the brush dump is limited to vegetation removed from properties within Oracle Fire District.
• As always, only tree & shrub trimmings, grass cuttings, and leaves are accepted. Tree trunks over 10” in diameter, tree stumps, cactus, agaves, or yuccas are NOT accepted as they do not burn completely. NO trash, lumber or construction materials, pallets, etc.
• Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday. 8am- 5pm (last key check out at 4:45pm).
• We are now closed on Sundays and Mondays and all Holidays.
• The key will NOT be given to anyone without proof of residency or a permit.
• Non-compliance with any policies or procedures may result in permission to use the brush dump being revoked.
PROCEDURES:
• Proof of residency (Driver License, utility bill, or property tax document) that shows that you own property within Oracle Fire District or are renting is required to complete a resident form and to obtain permits.
• New resident forms will only be issued by the OFD administrative staff, front office of the fire station, Mon-Thurs 8am-4pm, and Friday mornings 8am-noon.
• If you cannot make it to OFD during these admin. hours, email either Tina at tacosta@oraclefire.org or Cherie at ccheney@oraclefire.org or call 520-896-2980 during admin. hours for alternative methods.
• Once an Oracle resident form is completed, they will be issued a Resident card with their name and number, which can be shown at the front office for the brush dump key.
• For an Oracle resident using a contractor to haul their brush, a sheet of 5 “permits"with your name and Resident ID # will be issued. The resident will be required to complete each permit with their name and phone number. When needed, the resident will fill in the contractor’s name and phone number on the permit and give one permit to them. More permits may be issued on a case-by-case basis.
• The resident will show their card, or the contractor will give the permit to the person at the front window of the OFD station, and will be required to pay the appropriate fee . . .
• $5 for one load – back of truck OR trailer /• $10 for two loads – back of truck AND trailer /• $20 for a dump truck. / Note: EXACT CHANGE IS REQUIRED.

DIRECT LINKS TO BURN PERMITS AND RESTRICTIONS –
We now have a new main link button (left) on this home page to these important sources regarding Burn Permits and Restrictions.
• Pinal County – BURN PERMITS and another for PERMITTED FIRES.
Coronado National Forest – All info including Burn Permits.
• Dept. of Forestry & Fire Management (DFFM) –
A direct link to FIRE RESTRICTIONS.
• For state, federal, and tribal fire restrictions visit their NEW website at Arizona State Park: https://azstateparks.com

NEED HELP TO FIREWISE YOUR PROPERTY? – OFD is now accepting applications for a grant that may help you now or in the future. Click HERE to find out details. Click HERE for the application. If you just need a list of landscapers and contractors that are available here in Oracle, click HERE for more information. Note: they do not work for OFD.

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/
Facebook is also another good source for the latest information.

OFD IS RECRUITING! – Oracle Fire is recruiting for Part-Time and Reserve Firefighter/ EMTs. Paid 24-hr shifts. You must be at least 18. Click HERE to see our flyer with more details or email us at: rjennings@oraclefire.org / Click HERE for an APPLICATION.

PREPARING FOR WILDFIRE – Your future self may thank you for this: do these two things right now to prepare for wildfires. Not sure how? Click HERE.

GETTING ALERTS – If you have not yet turned in our ENS form to be added to the OFD emergency notification system, please fill out the form, complete and either email back to OFD (Tina), fax, or bring in. Don’t forget to sign up for the Pinal County Emergency Notification System as well.

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.
HOME ALONE ENS SYSTEM – If you are in need of an earlier warning to evacuate due to your health or to relocate animals and livestock, you can be in a special group that gets ENS warnings ahead of the general public. Here's a LIST of evacuation information that may help you.

INTERESTED IN EVACUATION PREPARATION OR WILDFIRE STATUS? Here are some links and documents that will help you find the information you need:
Ready, Set, Go - Information on One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire.
How to Have a Firewise Home (606kB)
Living with Wildfire (3.5MB)
FEMA Evacuation Checklist (123kB)
One Less Spark (Poster) (2MB)
Newsletter - SUMMER
EQUINE & LIVESTOCK EVAC PREP - Link to Video on youtube – Wildfire preparedness tips from a firefighter, veterinarian and ranch owner called "Saving the Ranch."

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.

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 our red flag flying in front of the fire station. Please be vigilant and cautious especially on these days.
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OFD WEATHER STATION:


Daily Totals:

Recent rain on: 07/17-20 20/24
at OFD: 0.92"
at Water Tank Rd. 0.20"

Total Rain to date 2024:
• at OFD: 11.95
"
• at Water Tank Rd: 11.13"

•••
2023 Yearly Totals :
• at OFD: 15.58"
• at Water Tank Rd: 14.14"
• at Apache Joe Court: 13.04"
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Past Total Rain at OFD:
2022: 22.29" / 2021: 19.52"
2020: 6.03" / 2019: 18.25"
2018: xx / 2017: xx
2016: 15.75 / 2015: 19.66"
2014: 13.22" / 2013: 15.28"
2012: 14.71 / 2011: 15.06"
2010: 18.76" / 2009: 13.96"
2008: 24.00"
Past Total at Water Tank Rd:
2022: 21.85" / 2021: 21.84"
2020: 6.74" / 2019: 20.62"
2018: 20.34" / 2017: 14.45"
2016: 17.40" / 2015: 22.18"
2014: 13.96"

• 2022: Apache Joe Court: 20.86"

OFD OPERATIONS BUDGET
2024-2025 Approved Budget
is now available for viewing.
Click HERE to review a copy of the Approved 2024-2025 Budget.
Click HERE to review a copy for Fiscal Year 2023-2024.
Click HERE to review a copy for Fiscal Year 2022-2023.
To see older Adopted Operations, Click HERE.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH . . .
OFD IS RECRUITING!Oracle Fire is recruiting for positions at OFD -
Paid 24-hr shifts. You must be at least 18. Click HERE to see our flyer with more details or email us at: rjennings@oraclefire.org

Click HERE for an APPLICATION.

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Coronado National Forest has
now changed the fire danger status
to
MODERATE. The status sign is located on the right just before you get to the Oracle Post Office.

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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.

One Less Spark, One Less
Wildfire, go to: http://www.wildlandfirersg.org/
for more information.
TO SEE MORE FIREWISE INFORMATION CLICK ON OUR FIREWISE PUBLICATIONS PAGE.

ORACLE STREET MAP – We have an online printable version of Oracle map book pages with hyperlinked street legend, one hundred block grid lines (in 400 increments) and gallons-per-minute, color-coded hydrants. Click HERE or on the map below.
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TAXING INFORMATION – A list of OFD Taxing Information is available by clicking HERE as well as information as to what your Fire Dept. Taxes have provided since 2004.

OFD ORACLE WEBCAM! – We have a webcam in Oracle atop the Fire Dept. building thanks to a donation from the Oracle Firewise Board. It will refresh every minute. Click on the blue icon in the weather station box near the top of this page.


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