CURRENT NEWS . . .
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/
LUNCH AT OCC – Volunteers from CERT and Firewise prepared lunch at the Oracle Community Center on Monday, June 3rd. Besides preparing lunch, they had tables with Firewise brochures and opportunities to sign up for the ENS system as well as free home assessments. The lunch menu was pesto pasta with chicken, salad, breadsticks, fruit and cookies. It was well attended. Click HERE or on the pictures below to see more photos of the event.
OAKS FESTIVAL 2019 – (April 13, 2019) Thank you to everyone who attended the Oracle Oaks Festival this year and saw OFD in the parade or stopped by OCC to see the Children's Safety House/Firewise/CERT Booth. It was a fun place to be on Saturday. The weather was cooperative. it was great having Smokey Bear, Dea and Mayra join us.
Many children (and some adults) had their pictures taken with Smokey and answered questions on the spinning wheel. The Firewise crew engaged in conversation with people walking by and asking repeatedly if they are part of the Emergency Notification System, giving them the bag of informational brochures and a free coupon for the brush dump.
Thanks to Susie Cochran for organizing activities in the Children's Safety House. A special thanks to Brian, Kevin, Dale, Michael O., Jim M. and David for moving the Safety House, CERT trailer and FEMA's CERT trailers. Thanks also to Karen Lombardi for representing us at all the OCC meetings and the Explorers for working with the children and assisting at the jumping castles. Click HERE or below to see more photos from the event.
NEW FIREWISE TRAILER – (March 2019) Barbara Elliott of Pinal County Office of Emergency Management dropped off the new Pinal County Firewise trailer for use at special events to OFD. Watch for it at the Oracle Oaks Fest on April 13th.
ORACLE HORSE OWNER’S Evacuation Preparation Group (OHO) –
met on Thursday, April 11th at 6pm.
Their goals are:
• To educate Oracle residents of the need to prepare for evacuations in advance of an emergency;
• To connect horse owners with other horse owners, to 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can call OFD at 896-2980 or visit Facebook: Oracle Equine Evac.
NEW CERTS – (January 2019) Congratulations! Our latest group of CERTs have finished their classes to get officially sanctioned as CERTs (Community Emergency Response Team). They have rejoined our group with the added skills they have learned in these classes or ones they wanted to refresh on.
photo: (l-r): Bernie Haas, Sandy Chavez, Jim McNulty, Margie Buchanan, Barb Haas, Leroy Fors and John Predgo.
HOME ALONE UNITS – (January 2019) We are blessed with a dedicated group of volunteers who organize, install, and maintain Home Alone Units (HAUs). Oracle Fire District (OFD), would like to recognize and thank these volunteers who take time out of their busy lives to help those in need. If you are interested in obtaining a Home Alone Unit, volunteering, or donating, please contact Tina Acosta at Oracle Fire District at 520-896-2980.
Presentation of donated Home Alone Units to the Oracle volunteer group included (l-r): Pete Bernstein, Bob Elder, Mary-Claire Bernstein and Jenine Mayer. Additional volunteers not shown here are Sherry Ziegler, Judy Kalish and Jill Caid. Thank you to this caring group of volunteers!
SUMMER 2018 FIREWISE NEWSLETTER – By now you probably have received our latest 2018 summer newsletter in the mail. We try to get one out each year as part of our Firewise goals for being an officially-certified Firewise Community. This issue is now available on line. Click HERE and read about what's happening at OFD now! This two-page issue covers information on Firewise assesments and grants, defensible space, the Firewise and Cert groups, firewise community events, Oracle Emergency Notification System, Home Alone and the new horse owners group OHO. it also contains an Emergency Evacuation List for your reference. You can also access just the list HERE.
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.