The residents of Collins and Mead Ranch were without power or phone service on Saturday.
Around 1 p.m., the high winds blew a tree into the power lines causing arcing of the lines, which in turn caused sparks to fall on the ground, igniting the dry brush.
In the meantime, the volunteers of the Tonto Village Fire Department were at the Gila County Community College taking classes in wildland fire control and management.
The call came over the radio and Chief J.R. Alliger alerted his men and they returned to the fire station for the fire trucks.
Wally Onizchak, assistant chief of station 62, and firefighter Robert Winchester were already on the scene along with Rick Washburn and Gino Ater, and many of the residents of the area. Due to their quick action, the fire was under control before the fire trucks from Tonto Village got to the scene. The men then cleaned up the area and kept a watchful eye for any more stray sparks.
The fire season is already here and each and everyone one of us needs to be extremely watchful of any one who uses any type of fire in the forest. Be a watchdog, if you have to be. Some people have no idea of the danger that they can cause with a thoughtless flick of a cigarette or an abandoned camp fire.
The Citizens Committee of Tonto Village needs your support and your input concerning the likelihood of paving part of the Control Road. We will need to make contact with the county maintenance supervisors and the Forest Service.
If you are interested and are in support of the partial paving of the road, contact Linda Stailey at (928) 478-4641 or Janet Snyder at (928) 478-4575. We need your thoughts and your help in composing a letter to them.
Loren Long, formerly of Mead Ranch, who has been a full-time resident of Tonto Village for a few years now, will celebrate a birthday April 30. We all wish him a happy birthday.
Pool cues ...
Tuesday evening, the ladies took over the pool tables and played nine ball. Kara Shaw, Patty Boeschling and JoAnn Kennedy were the top winners. The gals get together every Tuesday starting at 7 p.m. if you would like to try your skill at pool shooting. The gals divide their Tuesdays at the Double D and the Landmark. If you would like to join or would like more information, call Phyllis Mullen at (928) 478-4842.
On Sunday afternoons, regular pool is open to all, and play commences at 3 p.m. Come and enjoy your neighbors and some friendly competition.