The fire season is not over. On Oct. 14, about 10:30 a.m., a fire was reported to the Forest Service and Tonto National Forest. The location of the fire, called the Big Canyon Fire, is two miles west of Tonto Fish Hatchery and near the Highline Trail in a rough and remote section of the Tonto National Forest. So far the fire has consumed between 100 and 250 acres.
Hellsgate firefighters Capt. Nick Fitch and Engineer John Ceja are on the fire line. There are three Hotshot crews, one Type 1 helicopter and one Type 3 helicopter on scene, along with Type 3 incident management crews now on scene. For more information, contact Tonto National Forest at (602) 225-5200 or check online at www.fs.usda.gov/tonto.
The suspected cause of the fire is lightning. This fire is too close for comfort, folks, it is just over the hill from the Village.
Hellsgate Fire Board candidates
This past Saturday morning, the four candidates running for three positions on the fire board convened for a meet-and-greet session at the Tonto Village Fire Station. With a sparse audience, Garah Monnich, Larry Corey, Gary Norem and Fred Horton answered questions regarding their background, their goals for the fire department and how to help save money with decreasing assessed valuations of homes and the decreasing budget as a result of lower revenue. Some of the issues were: using Hellsgate fire trucks for other than fires; where the staffing coming from for the new fire station yet to be built in Tonto Village; and board support of “meet and confer” issues.
There will be another chance for voters to hear the candidates and their views on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Moose Lodge in Star Valley. The session will start at 9 a.m. Coffee and donuts will be served.
Hellsgate Fireflies Auxiliary
The Hellsgate Fireflies will be selling their cookbook, “Fireflies Can Cook,” at the Christopher Creek Cruising into Fall Car Show on Saturday, Oct. 20. The event starts at 1 p.m. The Fireflies will be set up near the fire station, so come and check out the popular cookbook with many heirloom recipes and many new fast and easy recipes for the busy cook with limited time in the kitchen.
The auxiliary will be hosting a Firefighter Appreciation Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Star Valley Fire Station. The auxiliary will be providing pulled pork sandwiches and the wives of the firefighters are asked to bring a side dish (A-L should bring a salad and M-Z to bring a dessert). The food will be served beginning at 6 p.m. The auxiliary wants to show their appreciation to the firefighters for their help in setting up tables and chairs and “buggy-lugging” the heavy equipment away at the fire station for the events.
Birthdays, anniversaries, etc.
A belated birthday greeting to former Hellsgate firefighter Rick Washburn of Mead and Collins Ranch, and now of Alpine, Calif., his special day was Oct. 13. Everyone in Hellsgate Fire Department wishes you a happy birthday.
Fire board member Larry Corey will celebrate his birthday on Sunday, Oct. 21. And firefighter Bobbie Doss gets to cut her birthday cake on Oct. 22.
On a personal note, our granddaughter Bethany McGrew will add another candle to her birthday cake. Happy birthday to all and here’s hoping you have a wonderful day.
On Oct. 23, Hellsgate Auxiliary secretary, Karen Fausz and her husband Bill will celebrate their 53rd wedding anniversary. How wonderful to see such a happy couple!
On Monday, Oct. 15, The Shelby School Boy Scouts were treated to a visit by Eric Randau, the district executive for Boy Scouts in the Payson area. He came out to observe the meeting, where Pack #7787 was practicing knot tying. He shared with them the valuable lessons of “Leave No Trace” — a camping discipline that encourages everyone to leave no footprint (trash or damage) on the forest or wildlife. The young boys were inspired by his expertise, and became even more appreciative of the forest that surrounds us.
Double D doings
This past Sunday, Oct. 14, a multiple birthday celebration was held at the saloon for Scotty Scott, Bobbie Davis, Betty Koutz, Harvey Poyner and John Watson with a variety of potluck selections and a lot of good cheer for the birthday people.
On Tuesday evening the ladies who play nine-ball got together for their weekly competition. Nanci Olson, Ethel Cain and Judy Tolle were the top winners.