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CURRENT NEWS . . .

WE HAD A GREAT TOWN HALL MEETING ON MAY 16 – at Oracle Community Center. We had excellent speakers and a great crowd. Lots of good information. This was our flyer for the event.
We will be updating you soon on what happened. Check back on our website and other media options to find out more soon.

HOPE YOU WERE ABLE TO GET TO THE FREE ORACLE BRUSH DUMP DAY ON SAT., MAY 4, 2024The brush has been burned, and the re-opening was on May 4. And, in recognition of National Wildfire Preparedness Day, we offered FREE and unlimited loads to Oracle residents who had their resident card for just that day.
RESIDENT CARDS – If you have not yet registered for a resident card, please do so by coming to the fire station front office Monday through Thursdays from 8am-4:45pm. You will need "proof of residency" within the Oracle Fire District whenever you want to use the Brush Dump.

BRUSH DUMP BASIC RULES –
NO TRASH, CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS, PALLETS, CACTUS, AGAVES, YUCCAS, TREE STUMPS OR TREE TRUNKS LARGER THAN 10” IN DIAMETER.
Normal brush dump hours are TUES–SAT, 8am–4:45pm, closed on holidays.

VIENTO FIRE 2024 – On Friday, April 25, 2024 at approximately 4:54am, Oracle Fire District was dispatched for a residential structure fire with children and a mother still inside. The crew immediately asked for assistance from the closest fire district. While enroute, the crew was updated that the children and mother were able to get out of the house safely. The crew arrived and found a fully-involved, two-story house on fire. The crew immediately had to take a defensive attack on the fire to prevent further spread to other structures in the area. The crew was able to contain the fire to the single residence due to the quick response. Golder Ranch arrived on scene and assisted the containment of the fire until it was fully controlled.

Oracle Fire would like to thank Golder Ranch Fire, PCSO, AMR, Oracle CERT team, SWG, and BIA for their efforts. We also would like to thank other neighboring fire districts as we know they were 'at the ready' to help if needed.
As a reminder, this is the second fully-involved structure fire in the last three weeks and both were near misses with occupants inside. Please make sure your smoke alarms are working properly
and are not expired. As the weather heats up, fire growth will be much faster. A FIREWISE property will help in the spread of a fire as it did in these cases. We can’t tell you how thankful we are that these are only near misses. We are extremely proud of the work our crews have done and the help from other agencies.
and . . .
If you would like more information on how to be FIREWISE
and to be ready for evacuations, please visit us at our . . .

NEW CAPTAIN AT OFD – Full-time employee Nick Brening was recently promoted from Engineer to Captain. In recognition of this incredible achievement, Chief Jennings and Chief McGinnis presented Captain Brening with his Captain's badge and briefly highlighted Brening’s accomplishments over his 8-year career with OFD. (photo: Chief McGinnis, Captain Brening and Chief Jennings)
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CERT TRAINING AT OFD
– On January 13, 2024, members of our CERT group took a SCBA training class with Firefighters Nick Brenning, Alan Lopez and Harley Van Coillie. This class in Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) was to familiaize CERTs with the filling of air bottles to assist during an emergency with Oracle Fire District. The firefighters are needed on scene and Certs can help at the station to get additional equipment ready if needed.
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The Oracle Brush Dump –
The Oracle Brush Dump is OPEN for regular business hours.
Regular business hours are Tuesdays-Saturdays 8:00am-4:45pm and closed on Sundays, Mondays and Holidays.

• Please bring your resident card and exact change ($5 for a single truck or trailer, $10 for both, and $20 for a dump truck).
If you do not already have a resident card, please bring proof of residency within the Oracle Fire District, such as a driver's license or utility bill.
• As always, NO TRASH ALLOWED! This includes construction materials, even if it is wood. This is a Firewise program and designed to accept cuttings from trees, shrubs and grass. We cannot accept large tree stumps as they do not burn completely and need to be hauled away after burns. Also, NO CACTUS, AGAVES, AND YUCCAS. They also do not burn thoroughly. Thank you for your patience!

Waste Vouchers from Pinal County –
There are several options beside using the Oracle Brush Dump:
• One is the use of the Pinal County Waste Voucher Disposal Program* (more information below). The other is a link to many FREE Dump or Cleanup Events throughout Pinal County, two that will be in San Manuel.
Use of County Vouchers . . .
Materials (like cactus, agaves, large tree stumps, construction lumber, etc) can be taken to our local Waste Management location using a Pinal County voucher.
Free vouchers are available through Pinal County: Eligible Cities: Aravaipa, Dudleyville, Kearny, Mammoth, Oracle, San Manuel, and Superior. Here is the Application Process:
1. Complete and return the Application. Contact 520-866-6419 for the application. https://pinalcountyaz.seamlessdocs.com
2. Submit a current utility bill stating your name and residential address. Acceptable Documents: Water, Power, Sewer & Trash Bill.
3. Submit a copy of a valid Arizona State Issued ID / Driver’s License.
4. Submit all documents to: pcroadmaintenance.sharedmailbox@pinal.gov
or contact 520-866-6419 to make arrangements to pick up or apply for vouchers. Three vouchers are issued to the primary residence once per year. Valid voucher dates are July-Oct, Nov-Feb & March-June. Any lost vouchers will not be replaced.

BRUSH DUMP POLICIES & PROCEDURES:
POLICIES:

• Use of the brush dump is limited to vegetation removed from properties within Oracle Fire District.
• As always, only tree & shrub trimmings, grass cuttings, and leaves are accepted. Tree trunks over 10” in diameter, tree stumps, cactus, agaves, or yuccas are NOT accepted as they do not burn completely. NO trash, lumber or construction materials, pallets, etc.
• Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday. 8am- 5pm (last key check out at 4:45pm).
• We are now closed on Sundays and Mondays and all Holidays.
• The key will NOT be given to anyone without proof of residency or a permit.
• Non-compliance with any policies or procedures may result in permission to use the brush dump being revoked.
PROCEDURES:
• Proof of residency (Driver License, utility bill, or property tax document) that shows that you own property within Oracle Fire District or are renting is required to complete a resident form and to obtain permits.
• New resident forms will only be issued by the OFD administrative staff, front office of the fire station, Mon-Thurs 8am-4pm, and Friday mornings 8am-noon.
• If you cannot make it to OFD during these admin. hours, email either Tina at tacosta@oraclefire.org or Cherie at ccheney@oraclefire.org or call 520-896-2980 during admin. hours for alternative methods.
• Once an Oracle resident form is completed, they will be issued a Resident card with their name and number, which can be shown at the front office for the brush dump key.
• For an Oracle resident using a contractor to haul their brush, a sheet of 5 “permits"with your name and Resident ID # will be issued. The resident will be required to complete each permit with their name and phone number. When needed, the resident will fill in the contractor’s name and phone number on the permit and give one permit to them. More permits may be issued on a case-by-case basis.
• The resident will show their card, or the contractor will give the permit to the person at the front window of the OFD station, and will be required to pay the appropriate fee . . .
• $5 for one load – back of truck OR trailer /• $10 for two loads – back of truck AND trailer /• $20 for a dump truck. / Note: EXACT CHANGE IS REQUIRED.

DIRECT LINKS TO BURN PERMITS AND RESTRICTIONS –
We now have a new main link button (left) on this home page to these important sources regarding Burn Permits and Restrictions.
• Pinal County – BURN PERMITS and another for PERMITTED FIRES.
Coronado National Forest – All info including Burn Permits.
• Dept. of Forestry & Fire Management (DFFM) –
A direct link to FIRE RESTRICTIONS.
• For state, federal, and tribal fire restrictions visit their NEW website at Arizona State Park: https://azstateparks.com

NEED HELP TO FIREWISE YOUR PROPERTY? – OFD is now accepting applications for a grant that may help you now or in the future. Click HERE to find out details. Click HERE for the application. If you just need a list of landscapers and contractors that are available here in Oracle, click HERE for more information. Note: they do not work for OFD.

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/
Facebook is also another good source for the latest information.

OFD IS RECRUITING! – Oracle Fire is recruiting for Part-Time and Reserve Firefighter/ EMTs. Paid 24-hr shifts. You must be at least 18. Click HERE to see our flyer with more details or email us at: rjennings@oraclefire.org / Click HERE for an APPLICATION.

PREPARING FOR WILDFIRE – Your future self may thank you for this: do these two things right now to prepare for wildfires. Not sure how? Click HERE.

GETTING ALERTS – If you have not yet turned in our ENS form to be added to the OFD emergency notification system, please fill out the form, complete and either email back to OFD (Tina), fax, or bring in. Don’t forget to sign up for the Pinal County Emergency Notification System as well.

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.

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 red flag flying in front of the fire station. Please be vigilant and cautious especially on these days.
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OFD WEATHER STATION:


Daily Totals:

Recent rain on: 05/16/24
at OFD: 0"
at Water Tank Rd. 0.01"

Total Rain to date 2024:
• at OFD: 10.15
"
• at Water Tank Rd: 9.33"

•••
2023 Yearly Totals :
• at OFD: 15.58"
• at Water Tank Rd: 14.14"
• at Apache Joe Court: 13.04"
•••
Past Total Rain at OFD:
2022: 22.29" / 2021: 19.52"
2020: 6.03" / 2019: 18.25"
2018: xx / 2017: xx
2016: 15.75 / 2015: 19.66"
2014: 13.22" / 2013: 15.28"
2012: 14.71 / 2011: 15.06"
2010: 18.76" / 2009: 13.96"
2008: 24.00"
Past Total at Water Tank Rd:
2022: 21.85" / 2021: 21.84"
2020: 6.74" / 2019: 20.62"
2018: 20.34" / 2017: 14.45"
2016: 17.40" / 2015: 22.18"
2014: 13.96"

• 2022: Apache Joe Court: 20.86"

OFD OPERATIONS BUDGET
2024-2025 Approved Budget
is now available for viewing.
Click HERE to review a copy of the Approved 2024-2025 Budget.
Click HERE to review a copy for Fiscal Year 2023-2024.
Click HERE to review a copy for Fiscal Year 2022-2023.
To see older Adopted Operations, Click HERE.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH . . .
OFD IS RECRUITING!Oracle Fire is recruiting for positions at OFD -
Paid 24-hr shifts. You must be at least 18. Click HERE to see our flyer with more details or email us at: rjennings@oraclefire.org

Click HERE for an APPLICATION.

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Coronado National Forest has
now changed the fire danger status
to
HIGH. The status sign is located on the right just before you get to the Oracle Post Office.

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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.

One Less Spark, One Less
Wildfire, go to: http://www.wildlandfirersg.org/
for more information.
TO SEE MORE FIREWISE INFORMATION CLICK ON OUR FIREWISE PUBLICATIONS PAGE.

ORACLE STREET MAP – We have an online printable version of Oracle map book pages with hyperlinked street legend, one hundred block grid lines (in 400 increments) and gallons-per-minute, color-coded hydrants. Click HERE or on the map below.
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TAXING INFORMATION – A list of OFD Taxing Information is available by clicking HERE as well as information as to what your Fire Dept. Taxes have provided since 2004.

OFD ORACLE WEBCAM! – We have a webcam in Oracle atop the Fire Dept. building thanks to a donation from the Oracle Firewise Board. It will refresh every minute. Click on the blue icon in the weather station box near the top of this page.


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