CURRENT NEWS . . .
CYPRESS FIRE IN ORACLE (07-16-18) – A huge storm rolled in last evening and brought lots of wind, hail, and rain (0.41" at OFD and over 1" in some areas). Washes were running. It also brought a bolt of lightning that caught a cypress tree on fire in mid Oracle.
Remember, even though we don't think about washes running here very often, during storms like this, it is important to avoid entering these areas. (photo: D. Weiss)
NOTICE OF CALL OF ELECTION — ORACLE FIRE BOARD – Two vacancies will occur on the Fire Board at the general election in Nov. 2018. Click HERE to see the posting.
ORACLE FIRE DISTRICT BOARD CEREMONY – June 12, 2018. There was a ceremony at the monthly Oracle Fire Board meeting for Dale Suter. Dale was recognized for time served as a Fire Board member from 2016 to present. He is shown here with Fire Chief Robert Jennings (left) accepting his award and his wife Catesby with cake (right).
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.
SCHOOLS OUT! – Thursday, May 31, 2018. Oracle firefighters celebrate the last day of school for Mt. Vista students with a splash
ORACLE HORSE OWNER’S Evacuation Preparation Group (OHO) –
will meet again on at Oracle Fire Station. We will let you know when. . The purpose is to further discuss these topics:
• To educate Oracle residents of the need to prepare for evacuations in advance of an emergency;
• To connect horse owners with other horse owners, help one another;
• To determine safe staging areas and temporary shelters;
• To establish a list of people with horse trailers who are willing to re-enter evacuated areas of Oracle to pick up horses in staging areas;
• To communicate this list of people to the Oracle Fire District to ensure access to staging areas.
To sign up for future meeting dates and more information, please email: email@example.com or inquire at Oracle Fire Station at 896-2980.
ORACLE BURN BAN – Oracle Fire Disctrict now has a Burn Ban in place from April 1 through October 1, 2018. Burn permits for both residential and agricultural purposes are not valid during this time. To get more information from Pinal County click HERE.
BRUSH DUMP NEWS – April 18, 2018 – Oracle Fire District was able to burn the huge amounts of weeds, grass and brush that have accumulated at the Brush Dump located on American Ave. near the entrance to Oracle. It is now open for your use.
ORACLE TOWN HALL – We had our Oracle Firewise Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, March 22nd, at 6pm at Oracle Community Center. Wildfire season is just around the corner and we learned about what you can do to better protect your house and family, and how to prepare for possible evacuation. Representatives from the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, Pinal County Emergency Management, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Public Safety and The Red Cross participated in the meeting.
Additionally, a couple of new groups were at the meeting to talk about what they are doing in our community: the Oracle Horse Evacuation preparation group and the Oracle “Village People,” for neighbors helping neighbors.
CELEBRATING FIRE PREVENTION WEEK IN ORACLE –
H.O.P.E. (Health Outreach Prevention Education) Walk – Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 9-13): This week was a busy week for both OFD personnel and the support groups Firewise and CERTs. Volunteers were needed to teach or assist teaching Oracle students about Fire Safety, Firewise, and Fire Prevention. Firefighters on duty brought fire trucks to the school to acquaint the children with both firefighters and their equipment. Firewise and CERT volunteers also assisted in traffic control on Friday, Oct 13th during the actual HOPE four-mile walk where children go through the streets of Oracle.
2017 PROPERTY AWARDS OF THE YEAR – (Sept 12, 2017). The Oracle Firewise Board presented the 2017 property awards of the year to residents of Oracle. Mary Harris and Becky Taylor, co-chairs of the Board, presented the residential award to two different locations this time, Rodolfo & Margaret Moreno and Andrew & Allison Hendrix. The commercial award went to Living Word Chapel. Lead Pastor James Ruiz accepted the award for the church.
Shown above are co-chairs Becky Taylor and Mary Harris, Fire Chief Jennings, Pastor James Ruiz, the Moreno and the Hendrix families with their certificates.
Oracle Fire District Fire Chief Robert Jennings was at the presentation and spoke to the audience about the importance of being firewise and clearing property of brush, grass and other potential fire fuels. He said that it has helped in recent fires in the area and has prevented fires from spreading. He also commended the Firewise Board and group for the work they do.
Thanks to the efforts of Dale, Brian and Kevin the new property award signs are now in front of each of the properties.
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.
FIREWISE PUBLICATIONS – Here is a list of firewise publications that may be useful to you. Click HERE to select your interest.
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/