Your Tax Dollars at Work; Nothing Being Done About Mulch Fire

What are your taxpayer funded Federal, State, County, and Local agencies doing to put out the mulch fire in El Mirage which this morning put a cloud of smoke over Goodyear?


You heard me right, nothing.
And the latest is that this could go on FOR ANOTHER MONTH!

View up my street this morning.


Don’t believe me?  Take a look at the photos below that I took this morning at the site of the fire. I found 4 or 5 what looked like agricultural workers operating a farm sprinkler putting water on the fire.  There was a back hoe there, it wasn’t operating, and a couple of tractors.  Also not operating.

Here is the only “fire fighting equipment” I could see there. It looks to me like a farm watering device.

The only fire fighting equipment I could see

We have literally hundreds of thousands of dollars and nearly 100 full time “public safety” employees in the city of Goodyear, but I guess they are all busy preparing Thanksgiving dinner or shopping in their fire truck at Safeway or Fry’s. Here is a view of the fire from the east looking west. Smoke is headed towards Goodyear.

View of fire

View of fire

Here is the only earth moving equipment I could see.image These were the only guys on site. image This is NOT that big a deal, but nothing is being done about it.image They have a huge pit they appear to be filling up with mulch. This will happen again.image image image There is plenty of flammable material elsewhere on the property that could go up at any time.image image image image

And here is a view from the north of Pebble Creek neighborhood. Socked in with smoke from the fire overnight.  I guess all us old folks will enjoy breathing in all that smoke for the next month or so.image

Who You Gonna Call?
I tried the EPA Region 9.
They have an office in San Francisco.  No answer, no message where to call in case of an emergency.  In fact, Gregg Nudd, listed as the Region 9 particulate guy did not even have a voice mail message greeting. 415-947-4107.  I bet if they had a smokey fire in SF this morning there would be hundreds of people working to put it out.

I tried Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.
ADEQ at 602-771-2367.  No answer.  But their voice mail message says, “if you’re calling about the West Valley fire, call Maricopa EPA at 602-506-6010.”  So ADEQ obviously does not want anything to do with it.

Maricopa EPA?
602-771-2367.  “We’re only open 9 – 5 Monday through Friday, closed holidays.”  Call your local police or fire in case of an emergency.

So I called Goodyear PD.
I spoke to Crystal (I think that was her name).  She said, “Rural Metro is the lead fire fighting agency on this case, call them at 480-945-6311.”

Rural Metro.
I called and spoke to Chris, an obvious dispatcher.  Chris said, “the owner of the property is putting copious amounts of water on the fire.”  You’re not doing anything Chris?  I asked.  “Nope.”

I suggest you call Goodyear mayor GEOrgia Lord and see what “one of the top 50 most influential women in the valley” is doing about it.
You can reach GEOrgia at 623-535-0007


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