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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Chief Scott Freitag sworn in as President of Arizona Fire Chiefs Association

On July 9, 2019 Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority Fire Chief Scott Freitag was sworn in as the new President of the Arizona Fire Chiefs Association. This took place at the Arizona Fire Chiefs Association/Arizona Fire District Association Leadership Conference in Glendale, Arizona. This is a great accomplishment for our Fire Chief and we look forward to his leadership and innovative ideas benefiting the fire service throughout the State of Arizona.
Prescott eNews

Phoenix Fire surprises young patients with ‘Christmas in July’ event

Despite temperatures firmly in the triple digits, the Phoenix Fire Department is pretending it is the holiday season. Patients at Valley hospitals got a special surprise on Monday with the department’s “Christmas in July” event. “We had some generous community members, local nonprofits and charities donate a bunch of gifts to us,” Phoenix firefighter Kelly Liebermann told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Monday. “We just figured we have pallets of them, so hey, why wait til December to give these away?” Dressed in firefighter turnouts along with a red coat and Santa hat, Liebermann was just as jolly as Santa giving toys to young patients at Maricopa Integrated Health System, Banner Thunderbird Medical Center and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
KTAR 620 - Newsradio

Wildfire burns more than 1,100 acres on Fort Huachuca

Two wildfires sparked by lightning burned thousands of acres on Fort Huachuca and south of St. David Sunday, with the Fort Huachuca blaze continuing into Monday. One fire was ignited on Fort Huachuca’s Laundry Hill, while the other burned an area south of St. David near Middlemarch Road, according to Cochise County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Carol Capas. The St. David blaze, which torched just over 40 acres at the Dragoon Mountain Ranch Estates, began just before 4 p.m., but was put out a few hours later, said St. David Fire Chief Loyal Gephart. “They got it out last night at about 10 p.m.,” the fire chief said Monday. The fire on Fort Huachuca, meanwhile, called the Buffalo Corral fire, raced through 1,160 acres by 8 a.m. Forward spread of the fire was stopped, though, by Monday morning, said U.S. Army Fort Huachuca spokeswoman Tanja Linton.
Sierra Vista Herald

Firefighters extinguish Safford Landfill blaze

A fire that broke out at the Safford Landfill late Sunday afternoon, sending black smoke into the air, was extinguished by fire crews by the early evening. Safford Fire Chief Clark Bingham said his department was dispatched to the landfill around 5:30 p.m. With assistance from city crews and the Thatcher Fire Department, the Safford Fire Department managed to put out the fire in about three hours. Bingham said two city water tankers and a tanker from each fire department worked to extinguish the blaze. Bingham added that around 40,000 gallons of water were used. The cause of the fire was unknown.
Eastern Arizona Courier

Tucson fire districts warn residents of installed recalled smoke alarms

Golder Ranch Fire and Rural Metro Fire say some smoke alarms they installed in homes within district boundaries have been recalled for not detecting smoke. In a release, GRFD says the alarms recalled are labeled “Universal” and “Smoke & Fire Alarm.” These labels are printed on the front of the device. Alarms with model number MI3050S and MI3050SB and the date codes between 2015JAN10 through 2016JUL11 are affected. Both the date code and model number must match to determine if the product was recalled. Press the test button on the front of the device and wait for it to sound. If it does not, the smoke alarm will need to be replaced. Model MI3050SB is sold on, but it does not appear local stores have the item in stock. “We are still going through records to determine how many residents we provided these alarms to. Once we have a list, we will need to determine if we need to ‘make house calls’ or if we can reach out the the residents by phone,” says Adam Jarrold of Golder Ranch Fire District.
Tucson News Now

Monday, July 15, 2019

South Tucson council considers tax hike, worries about bankruptcy in future

The new half-cent sales tax dropped like a bombshell during a heated South Tucson City Council meeting, in which residents shouted at the city staff and elected officials. John Vidaurri, the recently hired city manager — the fourth person in the last five years to hold the post — was the target of ire among many at the meeting, mostly for his $80,000-a-year salary, when he made the pronouncement: the 1-square-mile city on Tucson’s south side is running on borrowed time. “A half-cent sales tax increase will keep this thing going for three years,” Vidaurri said. “Within three years we’re going to be bankrupt and we are going to be de-incorporated. We have cut services. You have to consider a secondary property tax to keep the city going. That’s the bottom line.” In reality, the financial outlook for South Tucson could be worse than Vidaurri said at the meeting.

Firefighters monitor for hot-spots after brush fire near Horseshoe Lake

A brush fire in the Horseshoe Lake area burned 28 acres and firefighters remain on scene to watch for hot-spots, Tonto National Forest service officials said. The brush fire began Saturday near Horseshoe Dam on the Cave Creek Ranger District. The River Mesquite Campground, Horseshoe Campground and Willow Wash were evacuated, Sgt. Joaquin Enriquez, an MCSO spokesman, wrote in a tweet. People were asked to relocate for their own safety and to allow firefighters and their equipment to deal with the fire, according to a Facebook post by the U.S. Forest Service for Tonto National Forest. It is unclear if the campgrounds are still evacuated, and when the campgrounds and the lake are expected to reopen, John Scaggs, Tonto National Forest spokesman said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Arizona Republic, & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix

Hit-and-run driver kills 2 people in 2 separate crashes in Phoenix

VIDEO: Two people were killed Saturday night in Phoenix by the same hit-and-run driver, and police are still searching for the suspect. The two accidents happened just after 10:30 p.m. The first happened near 43rd Avenue and Indian School Road. Phoenix police say the driver of a Lincoln Town Car struck 17-year old Nester Lopez, who was crossing 43rd Avenue. Lopez was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Maribel Dominguez is Nester's grieving mother. She says her son went to the store to grab some snacks and that was the last time she saw him. “I'm devastated, all he did was go for ice cream and chips," she said. Sunday, family and friends gathered for a candlelight vigil to honor Lopez' memory. As his mom sobbed, she says she’s distraught and wants justice for her son.
KPHO-TV CBS 5 Phoenix

Tucson Fire reveals tips to keep your pet safe from fire

VIDEO: Tucson Fire Department goes over safety tips as a part of the national pet fire safety day on Monday. The national holiday is observed as a reminder to keep animals safe, knowing how to treat the animal, and preparation in case of emergency. Barrett Baker, Battalion Chief of Tucson Fire Department says “When it comes to the things that are around the house that could potentially burn them, obviously heaters, fireworks, any sort of open flame. It’s really just important to know where the animals are and prevent them from getting to those fire hazards.” The safety tips to prevent pets from starting fires are "extinguish open flames, remove stove knobs, invest in flameless candles, secure young pets," that's according to the American Red Cross. Baker says if the animal is exposed to fire or inhalation, take them to the veterinary hospital or if they are inside an active fire, wait for firefighter crews to rescue them.
The CW Tucson

Monsoon thunderstorms bring rain and lightning to portions of the Prescott National Forest

As monsoon thunderstorms crossed portions of the Prescott National Forest this afternoon, firefighters have been busy chasing smoke reports across the forest. The 100 acre Castle Creek Fire is burning approximately 6 miles east of the community of Crown King in the Castle Creek Wilderness (T10N, R1E, S27). The fire’s location, conditions on the ground, and weather, including predicted monsoonal moisture is providing the opportunity to use this natural ignition to restore fire to the landscape and achieve multiple resource benefits; including improving forest health and habitat diversity. Smoke from the Castle Creek Fire may be seen from I-17, Dewey, Mayer and Prescott Valley. The fire is being monitored by firefighters and poses no threat to life or property. The Cellar Fire is burning approximately 4 miles north and east of Wagoner (T10N, R2W, S5).
Prescott eNews

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