Oracle Fire Chief lauds inmate fire crew for helping prevent fire disaster

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

The inmate Wildland Fire Crew housed at the state prison complex in Florence is being lauded for their efforts earlier this summer to help prevent a large-scale fire disaster in the community of Oracle, north of Tucson.

  In a letter sent to Corrections Director Charles Ryan, Oracle Fire Chief Larry Southard described a June 12 incident in which an oily cloth placed on a pole in a homeowner’s yard combusted, causing damage to several homes, including one that burned to the ground.

  Chief Southard stated, “It was the quick response of many agencies that kept the fire from destroying Oracle.  One of the groups that responded was the inmate Wildland Fire Crew from the Arizona State Prison (Complex) – Florence.

  We know that wild fires can occur in Oracle anytime.  However, after experiencing the fire on June 12, we are reminded that without the work the inmate Wildland Fire Crew has done in the past and continues to do in our community, we would be much more susceptible.  The community of Oracle, the local Firewise Board and I are very grateful for your continued support.”

  The Arizona Department of Corrections has 10 inmate Wildland Fire Crews housed at prison complexes statewide.  A typical crew consists of between 15 and 20 minimum security inmates who are convicted of non-violent offenses and are supervised by ADC personnel.

Staff (740 Posts)

There are news or informational items frequently written by staff or submitted to the Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner, Superior Sun, Pinal Nugget or Oracle Towne Crier for inclusion in our print or digital products. These items are not credited with an author.


facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Stories Just Posted

    Knights of Columbus People with Intellectual Disabilities Drive

    October 24th, 2014
    by

    Maybe you’ve seen them in Tucson and Oro Valley, in front of Fry’s or Safeway, giving away tootsie-rolls. They are […]


    Taking the fear out of Halloween for young kids

    October 24th, 2014
    by

    Halloween can be a fun time of year, but for infants, toddlers and preschoolers – who often can’t distinguish between […]


    Arizona Trails 2015 Draft Plan Available for Public Comment until November 19

    October 24th, 2014
    by

    Phoenix – Every five years, the recreational trails staff at Arizona State Parks prepares an information-filled report concerning Arizona’s motorized […]


    Arizona Senator Commits to Land Swap Bill

    October 23rd, 2014
    by

    By Senator John McCain Driving through Superior last week, I saw the boarded-up shops that line its Main Street. I […]


  • Stories Just For You

    Panthers clinch playoff berth with Homecoming win

    October 22nd, 2014
    by

    Superior Sun The Superior football team may or may not have needed to win last Friday’s Homecoming game against Hayden to reach the State Playoffs.


    SHS Student Council produces and directs a FABULOUS homecoming!

    October 22nd, 2014
    by

    Last week the Superior Panthers had Hollywood on their minds as they celebrated their homecoming.


    Magma Hotel owner updates Chamber of Commerce; Skeptics, beware – the Magma Hotel is opening soon!

    October 22nd, 2014
    by

    On Wednesday, more than 100 business leaders and residents from throughout the community and region attended the monthly chamber luncheon to get an update on the


    Bearcats ready for playoffs after finale win

    October 21st, 2014
    by

    Copper Basin News The Ray football team ended its regular season with a road win last Friday night, defeating Arête Prep, 62 – 14.


  • Facebook

  • [Advertisement.]
  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather

  • Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin