Firewise Day 2016

November 12 was the annual Firewise Day, held at the Community Center in Rio Verde. After giving the annual report, Rio Verde Firewise Task Force Coordinator Eb Scheuing introduced a number of special guests and speakers, including: Bob Mason, Verdes historian and author, with a fun quiz and brief talk Tom Mulleady, Tonto Verde Firewise…

The 2014 Rio Fire

The Verdes communities are surrounded by wildlands, including a national forest and a regional park,  which underscores the importance of wildfire preparedness and maintaining defensible space. The Rio Verde Fire District was affected by the 2014 wildland fire in Tonto National Forest, also known as the Rio Fire.   Thanks to the work of teams…

Why Firewise?

Firewise is a designation awarded by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to a community that has demonstrated a sustained effort to mitigate the risks of wildfires. Rio Verde is proud to have earned this coveted status for seven years running and having enjoyed the benefits of this accomplishment. As evidenced by the Rio Fire…

Attend the Annual Firewise Day

  Featured photo: Rio Verde Fire District Captain Dave Bullard addresses the participants in the 2014 Firewise Day. Photo courtesy of Jim Dielen. Firewise Day is an annual educational event that is required by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for a community to achieve and maintain Firewise recognition. It is held on the second Saturday…

Remembering the Rio Fire of 1995

“It started with a bolt from the sky and exploded on the winds of a storm’s microburst to become the largest desert wildfire the state had seen up to that date…. While the blaze devastated the desert, especially in the county park, the scorecard at the end showed a win for firefighters–no deaths, no injuries…