CURRENT NEWS . . .
NEW! ORACLE BRUSH DUMP NEWS! – The Oracle Fire District Brush Dump will now be open Saturday and Sunday from 8am–noon. Go directly to the brush dump with exact change. Remember . . . NO TRASH, CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS, OR GREEN CACTUS!
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.
COVID-19 NEWS – Call 311 (Pinal County) or visit azdhs.gov for more information on the COVID-19 outbreak.
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."
EAGLE ONE VETERAN OUTREACH – The Eagle One Veteran Outreach Center will be at OFD on Wed., March 25 from 10am to 2pm. It provides veterans a place to learn about and apply for services available. You may also visit them online at hohp4heroes.org.
CAMPO BONITO ANNEXATION MEETING – Residents of Campo Bonito area met with Fire Chief Robert Jennings in an informal meeting at Arizona ZIpline Adventures on Sat., Feb. 22. This was an opportunity for a one-on-one conversation with the Chief. For further information on annexation in Oracle call 520-896-2980 and leave a message. Someone will return your call asap.
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.
OFD ANNUAL AWARDS: On December 20, 2019, OFD held their Holiday dinner and bestowed awards on two deserving individuals:
• 2019 DON HARTMAN AWARD – OFD Admin Manager Tina Acosta received this annual award. It is voted on by all OFD fIrefighters and personnel.
The award was established a few years ago to honor Don Hartman, the first Oracle Fire Chief and to keep the memory and tradition of his community service alive. The award is presented to the OFD staff member who has displayed selflessness, caring, honor, respect, gratitude and commitment to the people of Oracle.
• FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR –Tyler McGovern was recognized as the 2019 Firefighter of the Year.
Tyler has been with OFD for over 10 years, with additional time as a Jr. Explorer. He has worked his way through ranks to achieve his current position as a Captain of A shift and a Wildland Engine Boss Trainee. Both positions have taken years of hard work and many continuing education
classes to achieve. We congratulate Tyler on his achievement and we look forward to his continued service.
BLAZE AT HISTORIC RANCH – On Sunday, October 6, 2019 there was a fire at the entrance to El Rancho Robles. Oracle Fire responded with backup from other fire depts. Tenders were brought in and helped with additional water. (photos by Laura Flores / Collins Cochran)
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.