CURRENT NEWS . . .
CUTTING PERMITS – Coronado National Forest personnel will be at the Oracle Fire Station on Saturday, November 22nd from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM to sell firewood cutting permits. Firewood is now available for cutting at specific Coronado National Forest locations near Oracle. Details, Rules & Instructions, including a map of the project area(s) have been posted in the front office at 1475 West American Avenue.
Reminder – Pinal County Code Compliance and Code Enforcement officers will be at the fire station tomorrow morning at 10:00 to introduce themselves to the community and to talk about the services they provide. They will also be here to answer questions from the public regarding fire hazard properties, abandoned cars and buildings and other public safety concerns. Please come join us tomorrow and meet these code enforcement officers and also meet the Oracle Firewise Board.
For those of you who haven't been to the fire station before, our on-duty crew is always glad to provide a station tour...perhaps after the Pinal County presentation.
OFD's NEW CAPTAIN – Tyler McGovern was "pinned" at Tuesday's Fire Board meeting as the newest Oracle Fire Captain (Shift A). Congratulations Tyler! He is shown here with his wife Michele getting his badge.
ORACLE FIRE BOARD CHANGES – John Duran is leaving the Oracle Fire Board as his tenure is done. We would like to thank John for his service to Oracle Fire Dept and the community. He is show here with a cake at Tuesday's Fire Board meeting. He will be replaced by Chuck Smallhouse who will be inducted at the December 2nd Fire Board meeting.
CODE COMPLIANCE PRESENTATION – Oracle Firewise and OFD have requested Pinal County officials come to Oracle and talk with us about Code Compliance and Code Enforcement as it pertains to public safety. The public is invited to attend this presentation that will be held at the fire station on Wednesday, November 19th at 10:00. After introductions and a short presentation, the floor will be open for questions and answers from the general public. This will be a good time to have your questions answered regarding specific safety concerns in your neighborhood, such as abandoned vehicles, neglected properties, fire hazard properties and other fire-life-safety issues.
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.
TEN-YEAR FIREWISE BOARD ANNIVERSARY – On Tues, Sept. 23 our own Oracle Firewise Board was recognized by the AZ State Forestry office for being an active and contributing board for ten years. Shown below is the award being presented by Carrie Dennett, Arizona State Fire Information, Prevention, and Mitigation Officer at Arizona State Forestry Division along with Firewise co-chairs Rachel Opinsky and Holt Bodinson.
The award itself is an engraved crystal sculpture in the shape of a flame.
It's a great testament to the men and women who have served over the years on the Firewise Board as well as to the professional staff of the Oracle Fire Department, our state and federal partners and most of all, to the involved and responsible property owners of Oracle. The anniversary sculpture is on display at the office if you would like to stop by and see it. Congratulations!
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.
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.