THESE ARE BRIEF VERSIONS OF SOME OF OUR PAST NEWS STORIES FROM 2020 ON.


UPDATED NEWS (June 26, 2020) – The evacuation threat to all of Oracle has been changed from Set - Be Alert back to the Ready state. The Ready - state means the following:
• Be aware of hazards that threaten your community.
• Create a defensible space around your home by clearing 30
to 100 feet of vegetation to protect it from fire.
• Build an emergency go kit with enough food, water and
emergency supplies for 72 hours.
• Write a family communication and evacuation plan.

HEALTH CONCERNS? Those with health concerns should consider relocating to the Red Cross evacuation center at CDO High School in Oro Valley or with friends.
LARGE ANIMALS – Large animal evacuations are located at the Pinal County Fairgrounds in Casa Grande. We also have a large animal assistance group who is willing to help out. If you are in need of help, please TEXT Megan at 520-395-7968.

CAMPO BONITO UPDATE – (June 22, 2020)
GO Evacuation orders have now been lifted for the Campo Bonito, High Jinks, ZipLine, and Peppersauce area. They are now in the SET status along with Oracle.
SATURDAY, JUNE 20 – Residents in the Oracle and San Manuel areas should expect to again see smoke and possibly flames this evening and into the night as firefighters continue to use fire to remove fuel from the path of the Bighorn Fire.
Weather conditions Saturday evening will allow firefighters to continue burn operations from last night.  Fire crews will be conducting back burns directly south of the community of Oracle, approximately 2 miles south from the Coronado National Forest boundary and along Old Mount Lemmon Highway near Peppersauce.
• Residents with health concerns due to poor air quality should consider voluntarily relocating to the Red Cross Evacuation Center at C.D.O. High School in Oro Valley or with family or friends outside of the area.
• Large animals can be sheltered at the Pinal County Fairgrounds in Casa Grande.
• There are no changes to the "Set" or "Go" alert areas in Pinal County as this time.  For Fire Information, please call 520-276-8981.
Be sure to check this website or our facebook page for updates.

ORACLE STATUS, JUNE 19 – Oracle (not including Saddlebrooke Ranch) is still under the SET stage of evacuations. Please be prepared to leave if you receive a GO notification.
Notice: Tonight you may see smoke and possibly flames from a scheduled backburn south of Oracle. This is approximately two miles south from the Coronado Forest boundary and along the Mt Lemmon area near Peppersauce.
There are no changes on the SET / GO stages of Oracle. For Fire information call 520-276-8981. Be sure to check this website or our facebook page for updates.

UPDATE campo bonito area (June 19, 2020) The Campo Bonito, ZipLine/ and Peppersauce area was evacuated this morning. GO status means there is danger in your area and is imminent and life-threatening. Take your emergency GO kit and evacuate immediately to shelter or with family or friends outside the affected area. Follow instructions from emergency personnel and stay on designated evacuation routes.

The community of Oracle and outlying areas are now in the SET - Be Alert stage of evacuations. There is significant danger in your area. Please consider voluntarily relocating with family or friends outside the affected area. We just got notice that Rillito is no longer taking large animals. You will need to take them to Pinal County Fairgrounds located at 512 11 Mile Corner, Casa Grande, AZ. Stay aware of the latest news and information from public safety officials.
Check Facebook.com/bighornfireinfo or the Oracle Fire District Facebook page or this website: www.oraclefire.org. Again, this is the SET stage of evacuations.

LETTER FROM FIRE CHIEF JENNINGS . . . (June 13, 2020)
Good evening Oracle residents,
The smoke blowing into Oracle from the Big Horn Fire over the last week has been of concern for many of us here in Oracle. I would like to reassure you that our community is of the highest priority. I have been involved with the Type 1 management team on the Big horn Fire and have established a great professional working relationship and have had the opportunity to express our concerns with them. Communication and planning have been a major part of their meetings. As the fire progresses, so will the involvement of Oracle Fire District. Along with the Type 1 team, I have been in constant contact with the Pinal County Office of Emergency Management, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, and Coronado National Forest. The fire is not in Pinal County at this time.
You may start seeing more crews from Coronado National Forest and other fire agencies in Oracle. This is a good and positive thing! This is part of strategic planning, should the fire continue its northward trajectory. When you see these resources, you can rest assured that we are all planning ahead for anything that may come our way, and that we will keep you as up to date as possible with any information that may pertain to our community.
If you live in the Oracle Fire District please click on the Emergency Notification System pdf form, print it out and fill it in to sign up for the Emergency Notification System from the Oracle Fire District. By completing this form and either emailing it back to Tina or bringing it into the front office of the Oracle Fire District, you will be added to our most effective way of notifying you in case of an emergency. Additionally, we often updates on our website (www.oraclefire.org) as well as our Oracle Fire District Facebook page which provides a lot of information on the side tabs, including the Ready, Set, Go, tab, which has much useful information regarding evacuation preparation.
For those of you who reside in SaddleBrooke or SaddleBrooke Ranch your Fire District is Golder Ranch and you can fill out the Pinal County Notification (PENS) Form HERE.
By completing this form and either emailing it back to Tina or bringing it into the front office of the fire station, you will be added to our most effective way of notifying you in case of an emergency. Additionally, we often update this website and our Oracle Fire District Facebook page. We have a lot of information on the sidebar tabs including the Ready, Set, Go tab, which has much useful information regarding evacuation preparation.
We do not want to wait until the last minute to prepare for a wildfire. Please review your personal evacuation plans, have a list of things to pack in case of evacuation (available under the Ready, Set, Go tab and continue to Firewise your property and home. More than anything, stay calm.
Sincerely, Robert Jennings, Fire Chief, Oracle Fire District

BIGHORN FIRE MORNING UPDATE – Click to see the latest Public Information Map. The Morning Update is now on Facebook as a video for today. There is a virtual community meeting tonight at 8pm on the inciweb website and facebook as well.

BIGHORN FIRE MORNING UPDATE – (July 5, 2020)
There is a new team on the Bighorn fire starting today. The Southwest Area Incident Management Team 4 led by Carl Schwope, Incident Commander, takes command. Cick HERE for the latest information.

BIGHORN FIRE MORNING UPDATE – (July 4, 2020)
Here is today's Bighorn Smoke Outlook.
Here is the Public Information Map for today as well.

BIGHORN FIRE MORNING UPDATE – (July 3, 2020)
Here is today's Incident Management Morning Update.
Here is the Public Information Map for today as well.

ORACLE UPDATE (07-02-2020) – There is a flood watch starting today as rains are predicted on Mt Lemmon and in the area of the Bighorn fire which may cause increased amount of runoff. Sand bags may be obtained at the Pinal County Public Works Yard behind the courthouse. Sand to fill them is located behind the helicopter landing pad. Please prepare for possible floods now. Click HERE for more information.
BIGHORN FIRE MORNING UPDATE – (July 2, 2020)
Here is today's Incident Management Morning Update.
Here is the Public Information Map for today as well.
FLOOD WATCH – A flash flood watch remains in effect from 1pm through this evening for a portion of southeast AZ, including Catalina, Rincon Mountains and Tucson Metro. Heavy rainfall over the Bighorn burn scar is expected during the period of the watch. Residents near the scar should prepare for potential flooding impacts. Be sure to stay up to date with information from local authorities. This is a flood watch not a warning.

BIGHORN FIRE MORNING UPDATE – (July 1, 2020)
Here is today's Incident Management Morning Update.
Here is the Public Information Map for today as well.

BIGHORN FIRE MORNING UPDATE – (June 30, 2020)
Here is today's Incident Management Morning Update.
Here is the Public Information Map for today as well.

BIGHORN FIRE MORNING UPDATE – (June 29, 2020)
Here is today's Incident Management Morning Update.

BIGHORN FIRE MORNING UPDATE – (June 28, 2020)
Here is today's Incident Management Morning Update.

BIGHORN FIRE MORNING UPDATE – (June 27, 2020)
Here is today's Incident Management Morning Update.
Here is the latest Public Information Map.

UPDATED NEWS (June 26, 2020) – The evacuation threat to all of Oracle has been changed from Set - Be Alert back to the Ready state. The Ready - state means the following:
• Be aware of hazards that threaten your community.
• Create a defensible space around your home by clearing 30
to 100 feet of vegetation to protect it from fire.
• Build an emergency go kit with enough food, water and
emergency supplies for 72 hours.
• Write a family communication and evacuation plan.

BIGHORN FIRE MORNING UPDATE – (June 26, 2020)
Here is today's Incident Management Morning Update.
Here is the latest Public Information Map.
• THE BAER REPORT – Something that has been added to the information on inciweb, is the BAER  (Burned Area Emergency Response). This is the introduction of this BAER team and what it does, but for those of us in Oracle who lived through the Aspen Fire, the importance of the aftermath of fire: FLOODS, cannot be understated. Oracle lost one of its dearest residents to one of these post-fire floods and we need to remain informed and vigilant to these dangers, as well as to other impacts of post-fire.

BIGHORN FIRE MORNING UPDATE – (June 25, 2020)
Here is today's Incident Management Morning Update.

BIGHORN FIRE MORNING UPDATE – (June 24, 2020)
Here is today's Incident Management Morning Update. We also have today's Public Information Map you can view and a Smoke report.

BIGHORN FIRE MORNING UPDATE – (June 23, 2020)
Please click HERE to see today's Incident Management Team 2 Morning Update! We also have a Public Information Map you can view.

BIGHORN FIRE MORNING UPDATE – (June 22, 2020)
Please click HERE to see today's Incident Management Team 2 Morning Update! Today, we also have a Public Information Map you can view.

BIGHORN FIRE MORNING UPDATE – (June 21, 2020)
Please click HERE to see today's Incident Management Team 2 Morning Update!

BIGHORN FIRE MORNING UPDATE – (June 20, 2020)
Please click HERE to see today's Incident Management Team 2 Morning Update!

BIGHORN FIRE UPDATE – (June 19, 2020)
Please click HERE to see today's Incident Management Team 2 Morning Update!

BIGHORN FIRE UPDATE – (June 18, 2020)
Please click HERE to see today's Incident Management Team 2 Morning Update!

BIGHORN FIRE UPDATE – (June 17, 2020)
Please click HERE to see today's Incident Management Team 2 Morning Update!

BIGHORN FIRE UPDATE – (June 16, 2020)
Please click HERE to see today's Incident Management Team 2 Morning Update!

BIGHORN FIRE UPDATE – (June 15, 2020) Morning Update . . .
Smoke visible as the Bighorn Fire spreads to higher elevations and heavier fuels.
Acres: 14,675 / Percent Containment: 22% / Start Date: June 5, 2020 Cause: Lightning Origin Location: Santa Catalina Mountains / Personnel: 633 / Injuries: 3 minor heat-related illnesses
Jurisdiction: Coronado National Forest, including portions of the Pusch Ridge Wilderness Resources: 6 hotshot crews, 5 Type 2 hand crews, 1 Type 1 engine, 26 Type 3 engines, 1 Type 4 engine, 26 Type 6 engines, 4 Type 1 helicopters, 1 Type 2 helicopter, 2 Type 3 helicopters, 11 water tenders, 7 bulldozers.
• Overnight, active fire in Romero and Cargodera Canyons burned together and continued to push to the north and east. With this spread to the higher elevations comes a transition in fuel type, with the fire moving from grasses and brush up to chaparral. Smoke from these heavier fuels will be very visible today.
• Firefighters on Mt. Lemmon are building from the preparatory work done by the community together with the Forest Service, ensuring existing fire breaks are clear and that defensible space is maintained. Crews and equipment will be working north toward the town of Oracle, scouting for containment features and identifying values at risk.
• Fire in Ventana Canyon continued to be active and is expected to slowly back down the canyon where crews are confident the existing fire line will hold. Firefighters are building line extending east from the southern edge of the fire to protect communities, should the fire move in that direction where there is unburned fuel.
• Evacuation Notices:
• Mt. Lemmon and Mt. Bigelow are in “SET – Be Alert”status north of Organization Ridge Road Area, including Summerhaven.
• SET notices for portions of the CatalinaFoothills, Golder Ranch and Oro Valley remain in place.  

Oracle note: (June 15, 2020) – On Monday, a large contingent of engines and crews continued preparatory work around the community of Summerhaven. Firefighters utilized heavy equipment including bulldozers to construct fire line to the north, tying into an existing fire control line south of the Town of Oracle, remaining from the 2003 Aspen Fire.

BIGHORN FIRE UPDATE – (June 14, 2020) Morning Update . . .
Firefighters to contend with strong winds today.
Acres: Acres: 12,345 / Percent Containment: 11%
Start Date: June 5, 2020 / Cause: Lightning
Origin Location: Santa Catalina Mountains / Personnel: 560
• Injuries: 3 minor heat-related illnesses
• Jurisdiction: Coronado National Forest, including portions of the Pusch Ridge Wilderness
• Resources: 6 hotshot crews, 5 Type 2 hand crews, 1 Type 1 engine, 21 Type 3 engines, 1 Type 4 engine, 19 Type 6 engines, 4 Type 1 helicopters, 1 Type 2 helicopter, 2 Type 3 helicopters, 11 water tenders
• Strong southwest winds with gusts up to 30 mph will be the main challenge to firefighting operations today and may affect the ability to utilize air resources in the afternoon. The fire will be most active in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness around Romero Canyon and Cathedral Rock, with dark smoke visible from the Tucson metropolitan area. Strong winds will also increase the probability of the fire spotting outside of the current perimeter. Initial attack crews are at the ready to suppress any new starts.
The community can expect to see an increased firefighter presence on and around Mt. Lemmon as crews will be constructing fire line and identifying holding features where safety risks are minimized and there is a greater chance of success in containing the fire on the mountain. In the community of Summerhaven, crews will assess potential threats to homes and infrastructure, identify access routes and develop contingency plans in the event of fire spreading into the area. Drivers and cyclists on the Catalina Highway are urged to travel with caution and make way for emergency equipment.
Crews will continue to closely monitor the fire’s southern and northern flanks to ensure that threats to communities in the areas of East Golder Ranch and Ventana Canyon are minimized.

BIGHORN FIRE UPDATE – (June 13, 2020) Morning Update . . .
Crews work through the night to complete East Golder Ranch burnout operation. / Acres: 10,367 / Percent Containment: 10% / Personnel: 550 / Injuries: 3 minor heat related illnesses
Resources: 7 hotshot crews, 4 Type 2 hand crews, 1 Type 1 engine, 18 Type 3 engines, 1 Type 4 engine, 16 Type 6 engines, 4 Type 1 helicopters, 1 Type 2 helicopter, 2 Type 3 helicopters, 11 water tenders.
• Overnight, firefighters took advantage of cooler temperatures to conduct a burnout operation near East Golder Ranch, tying in to nearby holding features including washes and OHV trails to create a buffer between homes and the fire. Crews will continue working to secure a fire line between Catalina State Park and Golder Ranch today, making as much progress as they can in the morning hours before the afternoon temperatures and direct sunlight cause an increase in fire activity.
• Fire is established in upper Ventana Canyon and Romero Canyon where it is expected to continue growing upslope towards Window Rock. Crews are working in the areas above to identify holding features, where firefighters would have the greatest chance of success in halting the fire’s progression. Additional resources will be arriving to the incident throughout the weekend to support this work around Mt. Lemmon and the community of Summerhaven.
• While the fire is expected to be most active to the north and east today, crews remain vigilant on the south edge near Pima Canyon and Ventana Canyon and are prepared to engage the fire and take suppression action if needed. A strong aerial contingent will continue to support crews on the ground throughout the day, dropping water and retardant.

SEVERAL FIRES AFTER THUNDERSTORM ON FRIDAY – Tucson, AZ, (from KOLD News13) - Crews with the Golder Ranch Fire District were kept busy responding to multiple fires in the Tortolita Mountains after a thunderstorm passed through the area yesterday, Friday, June 5. The causes of the fires were not officially announced, but several lightning strikes were seen before the fires. There are also a few separate fires in the Tortolita Mountains west of Catalina and north of Oro Valley, visable from Oracle Rd from Tangerine to Oracle Junction. Crews are attempting to make access through very rough terrain; no homes are in the area. For continued information on this topic, go to KOLD News13.

ORACLE ALERT – Temperatures are up, humidity is very low and winds have been brutal. So, PLEASE, be very careful. Fires are not always started by the obvious camp or recreational fire but are often caused by just one spark; be it from a weed eater hitting a rock, a welder, a lit cigarette carelessly tossed outside a window, or a draging chain. If you see a fire along the roadside or highway, determine where you are and the milepost, if possible, pull over and call 911 as soon as possible.

BEE ALERT – Wednesday, May 20th, 2020, several bee related calls have been received by OFD around the areas of the AZ Water Company and the Post Office.  These swarming bees are aggressive and have attacked people, dogs and horses. Please be careful around these areas and take precautions.  If an emergency occurs from a bee related attack please call 911 immediately.  Thank you.

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. BRUSH BURN: On Wednesday, April 15, 2020 the brush at the dump was burned successfully.

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."
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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.

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.
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OFD ANNUAL AWARDS: On December 20, 2019, OFD held their Holiday dinner and bestowed awards on two deserving individuals:
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• 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.

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• 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.