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 (3875 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.

  • Additional Stories

    Holy Graphic Novels, Batman! There’s a new comic book store in Superior!

    March 23rd, 2017
    by

      Jessie Ybarra and Laura Rivas have opened Superior’s first comic book store—Superior Superhero Stuff. The sisters were born and raised […]


    Augie Hing named HOBY representative

    March 23rd, 2017
    by

      Sophomore Augie Hing has been selected to represent Superior High School in the HOBY State Leadership Seminar. The HOBY (Hugh […]


    Former Miners compete at UA’s Willie Williams Track & Field Classic

    March 23rd, 2017
    by

      Former Miner track and field athletes Cita Sweeney and Wayne Newman kicked off their 2017 College Outdoor track season competing […]


    Find out the buzz on buzzards at the Arboretum

    March 23rd, 2017
    by

    Superior – One sure sign of Spring’s return is the revisitation of the seasonal flock of Turkey Vultures at the […]


  • Additional Stories

    Annual CVRMC Health Fair & Get Fit Run set for Saturday, April 1 – No foolin’

    March 23rd, 2017
    by

    On April 1, 2017  Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center (CVRMC) will be hosting its annual Health Fair on the campus […]


    San Manuel swimmers compete at State Championship Meet

    March 23rd, 2017
    by

      The Arizona  Age Group State Championship Swim Meet was held March 9-12 at the Oro Valley Aquatic Center.   Johnny […]


    What does college, and career ready mean? Cobre Valley Institute of Technology (CVIT) provides answers

    March 23rd, 2017
    by

      College today means a lot more than just pursuing a four-year degree at a university. Being “college ready” means being […]


    Kearny pulls out of joint chief selection; Hayden and Mammoth to hire shared chief

    March 23rd, 2017
    by

      During a special Kearny Town Council meeting on Friday, March 10, the Kearny Town Council voted to no longer participate […]


  • Copperarea

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