THESE ARE BRIEF VERSIONS OF SOME OF OUR PAST NEWS STORIES:
CLICK ON OLD NEWS TO SEE NEWS STORIES BEFORE 2017.
9/11– A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE – for those that lost their lives, and for all those who gave their lives. We remember.
“Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.” – President Barack Obama
Fire Restrictions in CORONADO NATIONAL FOREST – Stage II is now in effect. Click HERE for a list of what is prohibited and what is acceptable.
ROACH FIRE – A fire started on July 7th in Dudleyville along with evacuations. OFD assisted along with other support resources.
The CERT trailer was also used as a rehab center over the weekend to help personnel. All road closures and evacuations were lifted on Sunday, July 9. As of Monday, the fire is estimated at 335 acres with containment lines established around 95% according to the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management. The cause is under investigation. Click HERE for information.
BURRO FIRE – There is a fire near Redington Pass called the Burro Fire. Details are on Inciweb. If you see or smell smoke from that direction, It could be this fire.
CERT MEETING IN PINAL COUNTY – Recently, our Oracle CERT team (Community Emergency Response Team) of Doug Johnson and David Harris met in Florence with the Maricopa CERT team and the Pinal County OEM to discuss local issues.
NEW ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF – former Battalion Chief Brian McGinnis received his Assistant Fire Chief badge during the Oracle Fire Board meeting on April 5, 2017. Brian McGinnis is shown below being pinned by his wife Crystal. Fire Chief Robert Jennings was honored to present Brian with his new badge and to welcome him to his new position shown below that.
WELCOME NEW FIRE CHIEF – Robert Jennings was officially sworn in as our new Oracle Fire Chief on January 11, 2017 at the Oracle Fire Board meeting.
Shown here is Bill McMurry with Robert, and also Robert with his wife
Andrea "pinning him" with the Fire Chief badge. We wish Robert all the
best of luck in his new position.
LARRY SOUTHARD RETIRES! – A retirement party at OFD on January 14, 2017 was quite the gathering of friends and colleagues of Chief Larry Southard. Click on the photo below for some more photos at the event. We wish Larry and Terrie all the best of luck in their new adventures.
SAWMILL FIRE IN GREEN VALLEY –
Oracle Fire District sent a brush truck to the Sawmill Fire on Monday, April 24th with three of our firefighters. Update: Our crew got back on Saturday, April 29th.
As of April 30: The Sawmill Fire was burning on lands under the jurisdiction of Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, Bureau of Land Management, and the Coronado National Forest. Gusty winds and broken topography have contributed to growth of the fire, burning in tall grass, riparian woodland, mesquite/oak brush, oak woodland, and pinyon-juniper fuel types. Values at risk included homes, ranches and outbuildings, communications facilities, powerlines, and the Arizona National Scenic Trail.
Pre-evacuation status lifted for J-6 and Rain Valley . At present it is 94% contained.
To find out more information, click HERE to go to the Inciweb site or bookmark the link: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
ORACLE FIRE BOARD UPDATE – Cert and Firewise member, and long-time resident of Oracle, Dale Suter, was sworn in as the newest Fire Board member at the December 14, 2016 Board meeting. We are honored and extremely pleased to have him as part of our Oracle Fire District family! Congratulations Dale! (photo by Miner Sun Basin)
BRUSH THINNING GRANT – OFD is pleased to announce the award of new brush thinning grant funds. If you have not yet signed up for a property assessment to determine if your property qualifies for brush reduction work, please either call the Station at 896-2980 or stop by to provide your name, phone number and physical address. A representative will call you to set up an appointment sometime in April. Shown below is an example of before and after that was done recently in Oracle.
EAGLE ONE MOBILE OUTREACH AT OFD – Counselors from
Arizona Dept. of Veteran Services will be at Oracle Fire on March 30th from 10am-2pm and again on June 28, Sept. 27 and Dec. 27, 2017. For more information call 520-866-3645 or go to: hohp4heroes.org.
Pinal County SPAY/ NEUTER FREE CLINIC FOR DOGS AND CATS AT OFD – Saturday,
April 1, 2017 at OFD. Shots and exams are available for pets being altered at that time only. Appointment time is given when paper work is returned.
For more information, text only to
520-705-5435 or email: Cherhe70@yahoo.com.
NEW FIRE CHIEF STARTING 2017 – We are pleased to announce that as of January 2017, Robert Jennings (seen right in photo below) is our new Fire Chief. Congratulations to Robert on this important position for the fire district and the community of Oracle.
Manny Navarro has stepped down from the Oracle Fire Board as his term ended. He was given a plaque at the Oracle Fire Board meeting on Nov. 8, 2016. We would like to thank Manny for his service to the fire district and to the community.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! – An informal celebration for Fire Chief Larry Southard's service to the fire district and the community of Oracle will take place at the fire station on Sat., January 14, 2017 at 2pm. Please stop by to wish Larry your best.