This week marks the one year anniversary of Arizona's Yarnell Hill Fire, the deadliest day for firefighters since the September 11th terrorist attacks. Nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots died doing a job they loved. Let us remember them for their bravery, courage, honor and sacrifice.
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"One of the last failsafe methods that a firefighter can do under those conditions is literally to dig as much as they can down and cover themselves with a protective ... foil type fire-resistant material with the desire, the hope at least, is that the fire will burn over the top of them and they can survive it,"
"Under certain conditions, there's usually only sometimes a 50% chance that they survive," he said. "It's an extreme measure that's taken under the absolute worst conditions."
– Prescott fire chief Dan Fraijo
This video was shot on June 30th, 2013 at 4:30PM of the Yarnell Hill Wildfire. Viewed from the south off of highway 89, the flames reach the peak of the mountain.
Video Matt Oss
"We just lost 19 of the finest people you'll ever meet." – Prescott fire chief Dan Fraijo
The Yarnell Hill Fire was a wildfire near Yarnell, Arizona, ignited by lightning on June 28, 2013. On June 30, it overran and killed 19 City of Prescott firefighters, members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. The wildfire was fully contained by July 10, 2013.
This event resulted in the highest wildland firefighter death toll in the United States since the 1933 Griffith Park Fire killed 29 firefighters, and the highest death toll from any U.S. wildfire since the 1991 East Bay Hills fire killed 25 people. It is the sixth deadliest American firefighter disaster overall and the deadliest wildfire ever in Arizona.
"We'll never move on, they will always be in our mind."
- Darrell Willis, Chief of the Prescott Fire Department's Wildland Division
"This is as dark a day as I can remember..."
– State Governor Jan Brewer
19 firefighters killed battling the wildfire in Yarnell. Top row, from left: Andrew Sterling Ashcraft, Robert Caldwell, Travis Carter, Dustin James DeFord, Chris Mackenzie, Eric Shane Marsh, and Grant Quinn McKee. Second row, from left: Sean Misner, Scott Daniel Norris, Wade Scott Parker, John Joseph Percin Jr., Anthony Michael Rose, Jesse James Steed, and Joe Thurston. Bottom row, from left: Travis Turbyfill, William Howard "Billy" Warneke, Clayton Thomas Whitted, Kevin Woyjeck, and Garret Zuppiger.
"We can't rest on our laurels anymore, we're getting to a point where these events have become so extreme. The Yarnell Hill Fire is a call to action." – Weather Channel Meteorologist Mike Bettes
Wildfires rage throughout the summer in the Southwest, but the one that swept through Yarnell, Arizona in late June was different. It begin humbly but quickly became unpredictable, burning for days across thousands of acres. And so the Granite Mountain Hotshots – a young crew of specialists wildfire firefighters were called in. Within nineteen hours, nineteen of the twenty men were trapped and hopelessly overrun by the blaze. Sean Flynn explains how a routine assignment resulted in the greatest loss of firefighters since 9/11.
Read GQ.com's full photo essay here
- Remembering Our Fallen, One Year Memorial – City of Prescott, AZ
- Yarnell Hill Fire - Wikipedia
- Yarnell Hill Fire Timeline - Los Angeles Times
- YARNELL HILL FIRE: THE MAKING OF A DISASTER - AZCentral.com
- Sole Survivor Of Fire Crew That Perished In Arizona Wildfire Speaks For First Time Since Tragedy - BusinessInsider.com
- Yarnell anniversary plans differ for Prescott, families - AZCentral.com
- Prescott plans ceremony for Yarnell anniversary - KTAR.com
- Arizona Town Faces Anniversary of Tragic Wildfire - FirefighterNation.com
Yarnell Hill Fire Anniversary: Mystery Remains as Families Search for Closure - Weather.com
It's been nearly one year since the Yarnell Hill fire claimed the lives of 19 hotshots and eventually burned more than 100 homes in the brown hills of central Arizona. The event unfolded the afternoon of June 30, 2013.
- Has Yarnell Hill Fire changed way crews fight fires? - AZCentral.com
- MEASURING YARNELL TRAGEDY IMPACT IN APPROACH TO WILDLAND FIREFIGHTERS - FireEngineering.com
"To the conscientious, objective firefighter, the lessons learned are there. We'll never forget what happened here." – Roy Hall, Type 2 Incident Commander, Yarnell Hill Fire
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