Ensure your smoke alarms are working properly this winter

As the temperatures drop, people are beginning to turn on their heaters, cook on the stove more often and use space heaters. With the increased hazards for house fires, it is the perfect time of year to ensure you have smoke alarms and they are working properly, according to a release. The location of the […]

$301,796 design contract approved for fire station at Signal Butte and Queen Creek roads

The Queen Creek Town Council has approved plans to increase the size of a new fire station, and include a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office substation, due to projected town growth. Fire Station No. 4 is planned to be on the east side of Signal Butte Road, just north of Queen Creek road. On Sept. 19, […]

Construction manager at-risk sought for Queen Creek Fire Station No. 4

The town of Queen Creek has issued a request for qualifications for a construction manager at-risk for Fire Station No. 4, on the northeast corner of Queen Creek and Signal Butte roads. RFQ paperwork is due at 3 p.m. Oct. 3 at the front desk at the town of Queen Creek Municipal Services Building, 22358 […]

Salvation Army, Bashas’ stores aid Arizona fire relief efforts

Arizona wildfires strike every summer, and when they do, The Salvation Army springs into action, bringing care and comfort to local neighbors and supporting the brave men and women battling on the front lines. The Salvation Army provided nearly 300 meals for firefighters, volunteers and residents affected by the recent Tinder Fire, and signs could […]

New fire restrictions in place until further notice

No campfires are allowed under the Stage II restrictions that took effect Friday, May 25, according to the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management. Some other restrictions in the affected areas include no smoking except in a vehicle or building, no chainsaw use 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and no fireworks. Officials stated in a release […]

State officials offer advice for preventing fires along highways

Driving with chains dragging from vehicles, tossing cigarette butts out of windows or traveling with underinflated tires are all potential causes of fire along Arizona highways, according to state officials. The Arizona Department of Transportation reported in a release that crews have been preparing for the summer by mowing vegetation along highway shoulders in the […]

Wildfire Awareness Week features statewide campaign

In conjunction with Wildfire Awareness Week, the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management has rolled out a marketing campaign aimed at fire prevention. Put Out Your Campfire billboards dot roadways across Arizona, and radio listeners will hear public service announcements focusing on defensible space and fire safety messages. The Arizona Department of Transportation is […]

Queen Creek Fire and Medical offers tips to keep the holidays safe

The holiday season is filled with festivities and cheer, from family meals to merry decorations, but many of the holiday traditions can be a safety hazard if not properly prepared. According to the National Fire Protection Association, home fires originate the most frequently in the kitchen. Additionally, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are the three […]

Fire destroys home at Sossaman Farms in Queen Creek

  An early morning fire Aug. 19 destroyed a home on the property of Queen Creek’s landmark Sossaman Farms, on the southwest corner of Ocotillo and Sossaman roads. The intersection was temporarily closed while firefighting crews battled the fire. About 30 firefighters and nine fire trucks from Queen Creek, Gilbert and Mesa responded to the […]

Crews respond to fire at Schnepf Farms

Firefighters responded to a fire at Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek early Friday morning, Dec. 11.

Carrie Schnepf said the farmhouse where weddings and events are held caught fire. The building also houses her office.

“Today is the worst morning of my life,” she said in a tweet around 4:30 a.m.

Her husband, Mark, said they believe the fire started in Mrs. Schnepf’s office, but the cause is unknown at this time.

Mr. Schnepf said his parents built the farmhouse in the 1950s. He grew up in it and he and Mrs. Schnepf raised their kids there.

He said half of the building is gutted and the other half has smoke damage, but they plan to rebuild as soon as they can.