CURRENT NEWS . . .
FUEL REDUCTION –
Excess vegetation to be removed. The Santa Catalina Ranger District, Coronado National Forest will conduct a fuels reduction treatment on 130 acres surrounding the Triangle Y Ranch and adjacent private land. Implementation will begin in early September and likely conclude in late September. Click HERE to read more.
TREATING THE ARIZONA LANDSCAPE WITH FIRE – Click HERE to read the article. (Tucson.com)
NEW CAPTAIN – Engineer Paul Farrell has been promoted to the rank of Captain. Captain Farrell's wife Martha is shown pinning on his new badge. A large number of his family and friends attended the event that took place during the September Fire Board meeting.
CALIFORNIA FIRES – The picture below was sent by our Engine 692 crew, Dan Wilson and Brent Frost working the July Complex Fire in northern California. The July Complex Fire is a combination of five fires that are being managed under one name. Those fires range from 0% containment to 100%. Our firefighters have just returned from their 28-day assignment and are back in Oracle.
THE ORACLE EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM –
Click HERE to go to the "ONE CALL NOW" form. Please be
sure to get any additional numbers in the system by filling out this form and returning it to
Oracle Fire Dept.
THE BRUSH DUMP BURNS! (7/21/14) Our long-awaited event at the Oracle Brush Dump occurred on July 21st and It was a very manageable fire. The brush burned much slower than predicted it would; we actually had to encourage fire growth by torching out ahead of the fire. Humidity in the 30% to 40% range is ideal burning conditions and we are currently at 40%.
We had 23 Department of Corrections Wildland Firefighters watching over the fire, plus our OFD on-duty crew. We had a complete burn and met all objectives.
Shown here is Oracle and Florence Wildland crews working together to burn brush at the Oracle Firewise Brush Dump.
One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire – go to: http://www.wildlandfirersg.org/ for more information!
ARIZONA FIRE SEASON. Go to: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ for more detailed information on active fires in the US. You can also review fires from other states as well.
PROPERTY EVALUATION MAPS – NEW 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.
RED FLAG WARNING DAY – Oracle Firewise Board along with Oracle Fire Dept has installed a flag pole at the station just for flying this red flag when conditions are in place to indicate Fire Weather Warning. A Red Flag Warning means high fire danger with increased probability of a quickly spreading vegetation fire in the area within 24 hours.