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Scheduled FY2017-2018 Board Meetings:

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

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Breakfast in the Bay....

Join us Saturday, January 13, 2018 for Breakfast in the Bay - serving from 8 am to 10 am.... Blueberry pancakes, Frittata, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage Gravy & Biscuits and much more. Hope to see you there!

Donation $8.00
Children ages 4-12 $4.00
Children under age 4 free
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The Sonoita-Elgin Fire District Board of Directors and Chief De Wolf along with the Sonoita-Elgin Fuels Crew would like to thank the Casa Arroyo’s Residents for all their hard work reducing wildfire risk in their area and becoming a FIREWISE Community!!!

Well Done!!!
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From one of our Volunteer's sister.......One of my friends lives in California, and the Liberty Fire was within 200 yards of the home she shares with her husband and many, many rescue birds. After her animals were evacuated and her home was saved, she posted an adorable photo of her Moluccan Cockatoo "Angel" on her Facebook page as a tribute to firefighters everywhere, including those that saved her home and the lives of her animals. Because 6 members of the SEFD were out in California, I thought it would be nice to post a photo of this beautiful bird wearing her firefighters dress on the SEFD Facebook page

The parrot's owner said...."Yes, please use it with Angel's blessing. We recently were evacuated due to the Liberty Fire which ended up coming within 200 yards of our home. Without the help of all the fire agencies involved; Murrieta Fire, Cal Fire, and a few more, our home and acreage with the birds' homes would have gone up in a fire storm. We were blessed.

"Angel is 25 years old. My husband gave her to me for Christmas 25 years ago and she became an immediate member of our family. We loved her so much we could not imagine other parrots without homes, so with her inspiration we started Quail Ridge Parrot Rescue & Sanctuary in Murrieta CA. In the past 20 years we have taken in over 500 misplaced parrots and have placed over 400 in forever homes. We have Angel's inspiration to thank for that. Merry Christmas and God bless.”
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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: 62°F
current pressure: 30 in
UV-Index: 3
sunrise: 7:22 am
sunset: 5:44 pm
Forecast January 19, 2018
day
Partly sunny
Partly sunny
73°F
max. UV-Index: 4
Forecast January 20, 2018
day
Showers
Showers
56°F
max. UV-Index: 3
Forecast January 21, 2018
day
Sunny
Sunny
52°F
max. UV-Index: 4
Forecast January 22, 2018
day
Partly sunny
Partly sunny
62°F
max. UV-Index: 4
Forecast January 23, 2018
day
Sunny
Sunny
65°F
max. UV-Index: 4
Forecast January 24, 2018
day
Partly sunny
Partly sunny
68°F
max. UV-Index: 4
Forecast January 25, 2018
day
Mostly sunny
Mostly sunny
72°F
max. UV-Index: 4
Forecast January 26, 2018
day
Mostly sunny
Mostly sunny
64°F
max. UV-Index: 4
 

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
sefd911@sefd911.org

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