Oak Fire in the Galiuros update: Power’s Garden, cabin protected

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Smoke from the Oak Fire can be seen rising from the Galiuros.
John Hernandez | Miner

San Manuel Miner

On July 4 the Oak Fire in the Galiuros reached the bottom of Rattlesnake Canyon just south of the Power’s Garden. Using burnout operations, firefighters were able to direct the fire around Power’s Garden. Precautions have also been taken to protect the historical Power’s cabin in the area.

The Power’s cabin is where the Power family lived while working their gold mine in the Galiuro Mountains. In 1918, three lawmen were killed attempting to arrest the two Power brothers, Tom and John, for draft evasion. The father of the Power boys was also killed in the gunfight. It set off one of the largest manhunts in Arizona history and the event and trial have proven controversial to this day.

As of July 5, it has been reported that thanks to rain, cooler temperatures and the high humidity fire activity has been kept at a low level. The fire crews will continue to monitor the Power’s Garden area. There has been no significant movement in the northern section of the fire. In the southeast crews will continue to prep the area in anticipation of the fire’s arrival.

On July 4, there were two lightning caused fires outside of the fire area which were quickly attacked. Crews remain available for other lightning caused fires as thunderstorms are forecasted for the areas.

As of Monday, July 7, the fire has burned 13,920 acres and is now 25 percent contained.

John Hernandez (602 Posts)

John Hernandez lives in Oracle. He is retired and enjoys writing and traveling. He is active in the Oracle Historical Society. He covers numerous public events, researches historical features and writes business/artist profiles.


Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
Facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Additional Stories

    Mammoth STEM students publish book

    December 11th, 2017
    by

      Four fourth and fifth grade students from Mammoth Elementary STEM School along with their tutor, Stephen Rumsey, have written […]


    Oracle residents speak out, get action

    December 11th, 2017
    by

      Pinal County has been considering auctioning several parcels of vacant land near Oracle and Supervisor Pete Rios wanted to […]


    New Hayden Police Chief meets students

    December 11th, 2017
    by

      Hayden-Mammoth Police Chief Tamatha Villar visited all of the students in the Hayden-Winkelman School District on Thursday, Nov. 30.  […]


    Superior Airport masterplanning underway

    December 11th, 2017
    by

      In late 2016, the Town of Superior was awarded a grant from the Arizona Department of Transportation Aeronautics division […]


  • Additional Stories

    A national award for Arizona State Parks

    December 11th, 2017
    by

      The Arizona Parks & Trails which includes Oracle State Park Center for Environmental Education received the 2017 Gold Medal […]


    Sunday at the Oracle State Park

    December 11th, 2017
    by

      Glorious weather over the weekend had folks heading over to the Oracle State Park to participate in a holiday […]


    Letter to the Editor: Oracle State Park open every day

    December 11th, 2017
    by

      At a recent meeting in Oracle, one gentleman stated that Oracle State Park was closed.  As of March 1 of this […]


    BLM seeks public comment on proposed Ray Land Exchange with ASARCO mining company; Proposal could create Arizona jobs while improving public land access

    December 11th, 2017
    by

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public comment on a proposed land exchange that offers the potential to […]


  • Copperarea

  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • Southeast Valley Ledger