Wildfire Catastrophe Averted Through Quick Response



As I started writing my column, I received a phone call to inform me that a diesel truck had overturned on Highway 260 near Kohl's Ranch, causing a fire to break out near Camp Tontozona.

Forest Service personnel, and the Christopher/Kohl's, Diamond Star, Tonto Village and Payson fire departments all responded. There was also helicopter response.


The Horizon Human Services held its open house/barbecue on June 6 celebrating its new facility at 700 E. Wade. Horizon Health Services is a program for the developmentally disabled. Pictured are Leo Zanotto, Jason Keith, Mark Henning, and Donald Keith.

Forest Lakes Department was on hand at the Christopher Creek department for medical, and search and rescue was on hand for pre-evacuation, along with help from the Gila County Sheriff's Department.

Everyone was on this fire immediately. Thanks to all these departments and their quick response to this fire.

Because of the quick response, it was almost contained within two hours.

It doesn't take much to start a fire outside, with the forest as dry as it is, but it is very comforting to know just how lucky we are to have such well-trained fire and rescue personnel on hand at a minute's notice.

Once again, thanks to all who help in an emergency and for keeping Christopher Creek and Kohl's Ranch from a major catastrophe.

Open house

The Horizon Human Services held its open house/ barbecue on June 6 celebrating its new facility at 700 E. Wade.

Horizon Health Services is a program for the developmentally disabled. Very big thanks go out to everyone who worked so hard to make this open house/barbecue a great success.

Leo Santo is a resident of Hunter Creek, where he lives with his sister, Bianca, and her husband, Dewy Malmin. Those in the picture are Leo Zanotto, Jason Keith, Mark Henning and Donald Keith.

Jimmy Buffett tribute

The Fourth Annual "Parrots in the Pines" Celebration is this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Landmark. This is a Jimmy Buffett tribute to a lifestyle of sand, sun and smiles. It all starts on Friday night with an all-you-can-eat fish fry. Then, for your entertainment, Ray Cody performs from 5 to 8 p.m. and Mark Mulligan is on from 8 to 11 p.m. On Saturday, Cody's set is from 1 to 4 p.m., and Mark Mulligan takes the stage from 4 to 7 p.m. Dinner Saturday night will be a cookout with steak, corn and cowboy beans, along with corn bread.


Residents of Christopher Creek, Hunter Creek, Colcord Road, and Kohl's Ranch, don't forget to call for your free tickets to this year's melodrama. It is scheduled for Thursday, June 29, at 7 p.m.; Friday, June 30 at 7 p.m.; and two performances Saturday, the first at 2 p.m. and the last at 7 p.m.

This year's performance is "The Great Ice Cream Scheme," and I guarantee you will have a ball and laugh a lot. Call Annette Godfrey for a free ticket at (928) 468-7416.

The melodrama will be at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Apple Lane. This year's melodrama is packed full of laughs, so get out of the heat, come out for an evening and watch some of your neighbors act, or, in my case, should I say "try" to act, in this very funny performance.

If you would like to see something in this column, call Mikey Marazza at (928) 478-4519 or e-mail marazza@cybertrails.com.

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