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FIRE UPDATE: Several agencies battle wildfire in Santa Ritas

Crews from several agencies are battling a small brush fire in the Santa Rita Mountains between Madera and Box canyons. The 10-acre fire, detected about 10:30 a.m. Monday, was fueled by low humidity, higher than normal temperatures, dry fuels and strong gusty winds, according to the Green Valley Fire District. No structures are threatened. The…

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It never ends: Wildfire season now runs year-round

Wildland fire season used to begin in the spring in Arizona. Not anymore. “It’s a year-round phenomenon for us now,” said Heidi Schewel, spokeswoman for the Coronado National Forest. “We’re experiencing human-caused fires every month of the year.” Low humidity, above-normal temperatures and dry fuel are making conditions ripe for more fires than normal in…

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Mmm, mmm, Good

American Legion Auxiliary Madera Post #131 held its Annual Chili Cook-off on Jan. 14, judged by Green Valley Fire District firefighters.  All proceeds benefit American Legion Auxiliary Girls State, where auxiliary members guide young women to become stewards of freedom, democracy and promote patriotic citizens.

Hit by Own Car

A 77-year-old Green Valley man was taken to Banner University Medical Center around 9:40 a.m. Thursday after the front tire of the car he was pushing rolled over him.  The man was pushing the car up a slight grade in the 3200 block of South Camino Del Sol when he lost his footing, Green Valley…

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Helmet saves cyclist, 88, from major injury

An 88-year-old Green Valley bicyclist was taken to Banner University Medical Center with minor injuries after being struck by a car around 9 a.m. today. The man’s helmet, which cracked during the collision on West Esperanza Boulevard, saved him from major trauma, Green Valley Fire District spokesman L.T. Pratt said. The Pima County Sheriff’s Department…

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Growing flu problem reaching Green Valley

If you’ve managed to avoid getting the flu, congratulations. But this year’s deadly flu season is only about halfway through. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, lab results confirmed 173 Pima County residents contracted the flu the week of Jan. 20, up 43 a week earlier. Labs have confirmed 19,279 flu cases in…

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Contractor hits gas line in QC

Two Quail Creek homes were evacuated and residents of three other homes were told to remain inside after a contractor hit a gas line shortly before 1 p.m. Monday. The leak was in the area of North Tree Mist and Empire Canyon, according to L.T. Pratt, Green Valley Fire District spokesman.    The area was…

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Bad Turn

A Green Valley man was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital around 8 a.m. Tuesday after he crashed while driving himself to an urgent care facility near Dubal Mine Road and La Canada Drive in Sahuarita.  Green Valley Fire District spokesman L.T. Pratt said the man hurt himself at home and took a turn too fast…

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10,784 calls: GVFD sees busiest year in its history

The Green Valley Fire District responded to its highest number of calls ever in 2017, reaching nearly 11,000. The number of service calls barely outpaced medical calls; firefighters responded to a little over 5,000 of each.  Service calls include invalid assists, welfare calls, false alarms and smoke alarm calls. About 2 percent of the district’s…

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Fire burns home to the ground in Elephant Head

A fire burned a manufactured home to the ground Saturday morning in the 1800 block of West Dove Way in Elephant Head, according to the Green Valley Fire District.                 Three people escaped the home and nobody was injured after the blaze broke out sometime before 9 a.m….

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Bring it in!

Green Valley firefighters Chris Scheller, left, and TJ Lundgren exchange large bills for singles at the donation boot at Friday’s Green Valley Fire Corps annual pancake fundraiser at Quail Creek Clubhouse.  Proceeds support community safety programs.

Rescue in Madera Canyon – Boy, 6 Airlifted

A 6-year-old boy was flown out of Madera Canyon around noon Monday after falling 10 to 12 feet while climbing on rocks on the Super Trail, said L.T. Pratt, community outreach coordinator for the Green Valley Fire District. The boy and his mother met firefighters in the parking lot and the boy was taken to…

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