CURRENT NEWS . . .
THEY'RE BACK . . . Oracle had two new messages on the ofd marquee this week welcoming home the firefighters that went to California to help with the fires. Thanks also for the sacrifice of the families who were without them for a month. And, we can't forget our at-home firefighter crews who are always there to help, care and lend their assistance to those in need in our own area!
OFD ON DEPLOYMENT – Oracle Engine 692 was deployed to assist with the Mad River Complex Fire in Northern California.The Mad River Complex Fire began on July 30th, and is a series of seven lightning caused fires from a storm that moved through a mountainous region located between Redding CA and the Pacific Ocean. Currently 1,165 personnel are assigned to the 20,525 acre fire and the time of this writing it is estimated to be at 40% containment. The four-man crew is on a typical 14-day assignment through our contract with the State of Arizona.
Shown above is Captain Paul Farrell of Oracle Fire District and Firefighter John Aguiar of Golder Ranch Fire District conducting "Burnout Operations" at the Mad River Complex Fire in Northern California. Not pictured are OFD Engineer Thomas "Bubba" Mathews and GRFD Engineer Rob Russo.
WILDFIRES BLAMED ON CLIMATE CHANGE, MORE FLAMES, HIGHER COSTS – A new online article on CNN investigates this topic. Click HERE to read this article.
NEW FIRE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER – On August 12, 2015 the newest member of the Oracle District Fire Board, Franky Hill was sworn in by Board Chairman Ellie Brown.
Shown below is the entire board:
Manny Navarro, Eillie Brown, Franky Hill, Bill McMurry, and Bud Bristow.
EVER FORGET OUR WEBSITE URL NAME? Not to fret now. Did you notice? We have new reflective signs at both entrances to Oracle including before the post office where the Fire Status sign is located. Let us know if they show up at night.
PROMOTIONS AND BADGES . . .
Thomas "Bubba" Mathews has been promoted to the rank of Engineer. Shown below is Bubba's fiancé Lina pinning on his new badge.
Joel Manspeaker has received his Firefighter badge. Joel was hired as a full time firefighter in April 2015. Shown below is Joel's wife Liz pinning on his new badge.
BRUSH BURN – Photos from Monday's Brush Burn . . .
Oracle firefighters ignite the beginning of a 1000 foot long pile of densely compacted brush. The brush is brought to the Oracle Firewise Brush Dump every day by local citizens after trimming their trees and clearing their yards of flammable vegetation materials.
While waiting for the brush pile to burn, firefighters practice "Burn-out Operations" by using drip torches. Items of value were identified such as trees and power poles, and after firefighters cleared a small area surrounding them, a larger circular shaped area was burned out ahead of the advancing fire. The advancing larger fire burned around the prepared area much like what happens during a real wildfire when a home has a defensible space.
Fire Chief Southard estimates this burn was approximately 1400 loads of brush that would otherwise be hazardous wildfire fuel in peoples yards and around their homes. The brush burn was a success, the weather was perfect for burning and all objectives were met.
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.
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.
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.