CURRENT NEWS . . .
Miami Fire – MT. LEMMON, AZ - A small wildfire that broke out on Mount Lemmon this weekend is 100 percent contained as of Monday. The Miami Fire burned about an acre of land and closed roads up Mount Lemmon on Saturday, April 18. Officials said some of the area burned can stay hot for a while. Firefighters were able to keep a handle on the flames by using a helicopter to pour water over the fire.
source: Tucson News Now
SMOKEY SAYS FIRE STATUS IS NOW AT HIGH!! BURN PERMITS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED IN ORACLE. Please be careful out there; we recently had a small brush fire on Estill north of Grant that was caught quickly. There are three ways a spark can usually cause these brush fires: 1. from a thrown out cigarette 2. from sparks on a vehicle's dragging chain and 3. from a vehicle's hot catalytic converter contacting grass or other flammable ground source. Be aware – a single spark is all it takes!
2015 WILDFIRE TRAINING EXERCISES – On Saturday, March 21, Oracle welcomed several Fire Depts., Red Cross, Pinal County Sherriff's office, and several government fire agencies (AZ State Forestry, US Forest Service, BLM) for training exercises most of the day at Mountain Vista School to be prepared for wildfires. Our own OFD Firewise Board and CERTs were assisting all day.
The community visited Smokey Bear and learned about being firewise at the Firewise trailer located next to the Oracle Inn.
ORACLE FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR – Our firefighter of the year for 2014 is Paul Farrell. Oracle Fire Chief Larry Southard said that Farrell has been with OFD for seven years. Farrell holds 35 certifications including one for hazardous materials from the National Fire Academy. He helped establish minimum company standards and training requirements for his shift, which, Southard said, has spread to other shifts as well. Farrell also set out and accomplished his goal of retaking his national certification as an EMT. Farrell was just recently promoted to the rank of captain.
The Elks Club, with assistance from the San Manuel National Junior Honor Society, served up the annual First Responders Recognition Dinner on Sat. Feb. 28th. OFD Chief Robert Jennings, shown here center, presents the Firefighter of the Year award to Paul Farrell while Chief Larry Southard looks on. (source: Jennifer Carnes, San Manuel Miner, Copper Area News)
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!
ORACLE SAILCART DEDICATION – OFD firemen were on hand Sunday, Jan 4th, 2015 to help dedicate the Oracle SailCart public sculpture made by Christopher Lucic located just west of the post office on American Ave. Christopher sends a big thank you to Captain McGovern and his crew. (photo by Rachel Opinsky).
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.
Oracle’s Latest Homeowners’ Fuel Reduction Program– If you live in Oracle, own your home, live on one acre or more and are plagued by dense, fire-prone vegetation around your house, you may qualify for a new, cost-free, fuel reduction program being administered by the Oracle Fire Department and the Oracle Firewise Board.
The purpose of this grant is to create a vital buffer perimeter around Oracle that may slow the progress of any future wild fires threatening the community. The focus will be on chipping dense brush, trimming trees and selectively cutting trees in an area limited to 200 feet around the residence. Stumps, bear grass or man-made materials will not be removed.
Applications for the cost-free program are currently available at the fire dept. or by clicking HERE. Print this application and submit it to OFD. The applicant’s property will then be inspected and evaluated by a certified Oracle Firewise Assessor and submitted to a review committee for final consideration. Contact the fire dept directly or check the latest issue of the local paper for more information.
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.
One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire – go to: http://www.wildlandfirersg.org/ for more information!
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.