CURRENT NEWS . . .
BEE ALERT – Wednesday, May 20th, 2020, several bee related calls have been received by OFD around the areas of the AZ Water Company and the Post Office. These swarming bees are aggressive and have attacked people, dogs and horses. Please be careful around these areas and take precautions. If an emergency occurs from a bee related attack please call 911 immediately. Thank you.
SUMMER PRECAUTIONS – As weather heats up, so does potential for wildfires along highways. Simple precautions can reduce chances of sparks from vehicles and trailers. Here’s how you can help cut down on sparks that start wildfires:
• Check and secure tow chains; never substitute parts when towing.
• Make sure nothing is hanging from your vehicle or trailer and dragging on the pavement.
• Check tire pressure. Exposed wheel rims can cause sparks.
• Check for worn brake pads, which can cause sparks from metal-on-metal contact.
• Don’t park in tall grass, as the heat from parts under your vehicle can start a fire.
For more information on how to prevent fires, please visit wildlandfire.az.gov
UPDATE FROM PINAL COUNTY – Suspension of Open Burn Permits. Permits to burn brush will no longer be valid as of April 28th and continue until further notice. This will continue until the summer monsoons arrive and mitigate the dual risks to public safety and public health. Learn more at pinalcountyaz.gov/AirQuality/Pages/BurnPermits
CAMPFIRE BAN IN NATIONAL FORESTS – As of April 22, fires, charcoal, grills & BBQs, coal and wood stoves are prohibited in all six Arizona national forests until June 30 or until rescinded. Click HERE to read the entire notice.
Coronado National Forest has now put Oracle fire danger status at HIGH. Please get ready for whatever comes our way this summer.
ORACLE ALERT – Temperatures are up, humidity is very low and winds have been brutal. So, PLEASE, be very careful. Fires are not always started by the obvious camp or recreational fire but are often caused by just one spark; be it from a weed eater hitting a rock, a welder, a lit cigarette carelessly tossed outside a window, or a draging chain. If you see a fire along the roadside or highway, determine where you are and the milepost, if possible, pull over and call 911 as soon as possible.
NEW!! BRUSH DUMP REOPENING! – The burning of the brush at the Oracle brush dump went well recently and the decision has been made to open it up for our regular schedule starting now
(7 days a week from 7am-5pm). The exchange of the key will now take place at the front window, like a bank teller, to reduce the amount of contact between the public and our staff and volunteers.
Please ensure that you only bring vegetation to the brush dump. Construction materials, even though made of wood, are not acceptable. Our permit is for vegetation only. This brush dump is offered to the community of Oracle as a means for our residents to create defensible space around their homes and to strengthen our Firewise community. There is only one other community in southern Arizona that offers such a privilege. PLEASE help us keep the brush dump for vegetation only. All other trash, construction materials, and green cactus need to go to Waste Management.
Starting Monday, April 20, we will start collecting fees and we appreciate exact change: $3 for one load (the back of a truck or a trailer), $5 for both the back of a truck AND a trailer, $10 for a dump truck. You may pay for multiple loads if you know you’ll be making multiple trips. We do not have a cash register and cannot make change for anything over a $5 bill.
Thank you again for your patience and understanding. As a local government entity, we feel obliged to follow government recommendations but we have heard you over the last three weeks and made the decision to open back up a bit early to accommodate all of you who have been hard at work clearing brush around your properties and doing your part to make Oracle a safer place to live.
BRUSH BURN: On Wednesday, April 15, 2020 the brush at the dump was burned successfully.
PINAL COUNTY EMERGENCY NOTICE – Following a declaration of a Local State of Emergency in Pinal County: Effective March 21, 2020, the administrative office of Oracle Fire District will be closed to all non-essential traffic; most notably the brush dump will be closed until further notice. For emergencies, please dial 911 then press the Call Button outside the office and clearly state your symptoms. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we try to ensure the health and safety of our community and staff.
FAMILY FIRST KIDS VISIT OFD – The OFD fire station was the site of several children from Family First in Oracle this morning (March 4, 2020) to meet a real firefighter and take a tour of one of the fire trucks. Firefighter Joseph Marasa along with the CERTs greeted the kids and showed them what a firefighter wears when he goes out on a call and some of the workings of a fire truck. The kids came to the letter "F" in their Story Telling Time and chose to visit the station for "Fire Station."
ORACLE FIRE DISTRICT IS NOW HIRING! OFD is looking for
Part-Time / RESERVE FIREFIGHTERS / EMTs for our Oracle station. Click HERE for details on the job. Click HERE to access the job application.
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.
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/
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 NEW, larger red flag flying in front of the fire station. Please be vigilant and cautious especially on these days.
FIREWISE PUBLICATIONS – Here is a list of firewise publications that may be useful to you. Click HERE to select your interest.
WHAT ARE THE RULES FOR OUTDOOR BURNING IN ORACLE?
Click HERE to find out more.