CURRENT NEWS . . .
OFD WEB COUNTER – (1/20/15) We have now had 100,000 hits on our website and we are stunned and amazed. Thank you all out there for making this possible. Let us know if we can improve the site for you in any way.
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 in 2014. 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.
RECYCLE THOSE CHRISTMAS TREES! – You can take your Christmas Tree down to the Brush Dump for free to recycle. Just stop at the station and tell them you are going – open all day every day!
SANTA AT ORACLE FIRE STATION – Santa arrived by helicopter in Oracle and he made a brief stop at Mountain Vista School on Friday afternoon. After greeting several hundred children, he hopped aboard a fire engine and toured several neighborhoods, before arriving at the fire station at 4pm.
Upon Santa's arrival, a line was forming that reached well into the parking lot. Santa visited with 137 children and he sent each of them away with a bag of goodies.
NOTE TO PARENTS: FREE PHOTOS OF SANTA WITH YOUR CHILD ARE NOW AT THE FIRE DEPT FOR PICKING UP IF YOU SO DESIRE.
(bottom photo by John Hernandez)
ORACLE FIRE BOARD UPDATE – The Oracle Fire Board inducted two members onto their board at their Dec. 2, 2014 meeting. Chuck Smallhouse replaced John Doran as his tenure was done and Bud Bristow was reelected – both for four-year terms. Shown below is the present board. From left to right: Bill McMurry, Chuck Smallhouse, Bud Bristow and Manny Navarro; missing is Ellie Brown. Click HERE to see more information on the Fire Board.
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.
OFD EQUIPMENT FAMILIARIZATION & BREACHING DRILL – On Nov 15, 2014, OFD initiated a breaching drill at a double-wide trailer in Oracle. They rotated groups to cover all four areas of training while deconstructing the donated training structure. Eleven OFD firefighters attended as well as Mammoth Fire Dept and a number of CERTs and Explorers to assist. Captain Paul went over PPE (e.g. eye protection, gloves, safety zones, CERTS/rehab area).
Click HERE if you would like to see more images of this drill.
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.