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Scheduled FY2017-2018 Board Meetings:

December 18, 2017 • January 22, 2018 • February. 26, 2018 • March 26, 2018 • April 23, 2018 • May 21, 2018 • June 25, 2018

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Meanwhile, back at home, while our Fuels Crew is in California, Capt. Buonaccorsi led the duty crew and volunteers through a course on proper lifting techniques. We managed to get two of our Dispatchers to act as patients too! ... See MoreSee Less

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Images from 825 - California Fire - working the line, mopping up on Division CC ... See MoreSee Less

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Images from Brush 825....
California Fires....
Monday, Dec 11, 2017
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Sonoita by Starlight...

Firefighter Burns giving an in-depth tour of Engine 822 to some potential recruits during the Sonoita by Starlight event earlier this month. 😉
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Images from Brush 826.....

Part of the southern Arizona contingent...

Night Sky ...
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SEFD Fire/EMS Stats

2017
MonthFireEMSTotal
January43337
February42327
March53237
April73542
May143145
June273461
July184462
August124254
September84654
October133952
November63945
December000
Total: 516

Fire Weather

Sonoita-Elgin Fire District


real feel: 63°F
current pressure: 30 in
UV-Index: 3
sunrise: 7:14 am
sunset: 5:20 pm
Forecast December 15, 2017
day
Sunny
Sunny
63°F
max. UV-Index: 3
Forecast December 16, 2017
day
Partly sunny
Partly sunny
64°F
max. UV-Index: 3
Forecast December 17, 2017
day
Mostly cloudy
Mostly cloudy
56°F
max. UV-Index: 2
Forecast December 18, 2017
day
Mostly sunny
Mostly sunny
58°F
max. UV-Index: 3
Forecast December 19, 2017
day
Partly sunny
Partly sunny
67°F
max. UV-Index: 3
Forecast December 20, 2017
day
Intermittent clouds
Intermittent clouds
71°F
max. UV-Index: 3
Forecast December 21, 2017
day
Mostly cloudy
Mostly cloudy
68°F
max. UV-Index: 2
Forecast December 22, 2017
day
Mostly sunny
Mostly sunny
64°F
max. UV-Index: 3
 

Sonoita-Elgin Fire Season – 2017

Over the past few months the Sonoita-Elgin area has been experiencing a lot of wind-driven wildfires, some small and some large. There have been a few questions asked about tactics used to fight the fires…this is not an easy question to answer in print.

First, I would like to state the Sonoita-Elgin Fire is a suppression Department; our objectives are to protect lives, structures, and grasslands.

Sonoita-Elgin (& SEESI) has, for the past few decades, used an Anchor and Flank Method. This is where we start at the heel of the fire (the origin) and flank both sides of the fire, suppressing the fire as we move toward the head. This is the most effective method on most fires. If you approach a fire from the head you still have two active flanks coming up the sides, this in turn will leave you with two fires heading in two different directions. There are times you may see us ahead of the fire setting a back burn or pre-wetting off a road or drainage etc., as was used on the Kellogg Fire. The complications that arose during the Kellogg Fire were too much smoke and heat. Our units could not see but a few feet in front of themselves, making it extremely difficult to virtually impossible to use this technique with the winds (as we have all experienced recently) pushing our fires.
The U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Arizona Department of Forestry & Fire management do not do structure protection. They will try to ring fire around homes if they have ample time. Sonoita-Elgin Fire will protect structures as long as the structures are defensible, and we have the equipment to do so. Wildland trucks carry 300 gallons of water and a 65 gallon per minute pump; a structure engine carries 1000 gallons of water and a 750-1200 gallon per minute pump. It is very hard to protect a structure with a brush truck. And, if we leave the station to suppress a grass fire (taking wildland equipment) and it runs on to structures it’s harder to protect them. So a lot of the time we will back out until the fire passes then we go back in and reassess. Most structures (homes) burn down after the fire passes, outbuildings will burn as the fire front passes – which is why being FireWise pays off. (Most outbuilding do not have doors [embers can get inside] or are not well kept up. Fire gets drawn into a building that has easy avenues for air movement. Tall grasses, weeds, trees and shrubs against structures create pockets of fuel that can be dangerous.)
Sonoita-Elgin Fire District is asking all property owners – homeowners and ranchers – to continue to FireWise their properties – this is not simply protecting your land and structures, it is helping your neighbors. We are a ranching community and these folks make their living with the grassland we all enjoy. The ranchers cooperation is as vital to help prepare their lands around areas were grasslands could be a threat to other structures.

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SONOITA-ELGIN FIRE DISTRICT

3173 AZ-83
Sonoita, AZ 85637
(520) 455-5854
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