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7/1/2013 12:34:00 AM
19 Prescott Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters killed in Yarnell fire
Conrad Jackson, Prescott Fire Department/Courtesy photo
A wildfire in Yarnell grew to about 2,000 acres Sunday, claiming an estimated 250 homes and the lives of nearly a score of firefighters.
Conrad Jackson, Prescott Fire Department/Courtesy photo
A wildfire in Yarnell grew to about 2,000 acres Sunday, claiming an estimated 250 homes and the lives of nearly a score of firefighters.
Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier
Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo speaks to members of the media confirming 19 members of the City of Prescott’s Granite Mountain Hotshot Fire Crew died while fighting the Yarnell Hill fire Sunday.
Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier
Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo speaks to members of the media confirming 19 members of the City of Prescott’s Granite Mountain Hotshot Fire Crew died while fighting the Yarnell Hill fire Sunday.
Patrick Whitehurst
The Daily Courier

Prescott is mourning.

Nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, part of the Prescott Fire Department, lost their lives Sunday while battling the 2,000-acre Yarnell Hill fire that ignited Friday south of Prescott.

The elite 20-man hotshot team is the only one in the country that is organized through a city fire department. It earned its national interagency hotshot designation in 2008.

Prescott Fire Department Fire Chief Dan Fraijo said the 20th crewmember was working in a different location on the fire and was not injured.

"We're devastated. We just lost 19 of the finest people you'll ever meet ...Truly we're going through a terrible crisis right now," Fraijo said.

Sunday's fatalities amounted to the highest firefighter death toll on a single U.S. wildfire since 1933, when 25 firefighters were killed on the Griffith Park fire in Los Angeles.

Authorities confirmed the hotshots deployed their individual fire shelters, but declined to elaborate on the details leading up to the tragedy.

Fire shelters must be held down manually in order to operate properly and are designed to withstand intense heat, said Carrie Dennett, state forestry division fire prevention and information officer. Hotshot crews are typically deployed with the shelters as well as other tools.

An investigation into the cause of their deaths is currently under way, State Forestry Division Spokesman Mike Reichling said. Names of the deceased have not been released pending notification of next of kin.

"There will be a full investigation. We won't put out any information until we get full confirmation from the investigation team. It could be days or weeks," Reichling said.

As of Sunday night, an estimated 250 homes have been destroyed, Dennett said.

Firefighters on scene reported monsoons in other parts of the county created a wind-effect at the Yarnell Hill fire.

Prescott firefighters Conrad Jackson and Darrin Osborne both were on the crews that responded to the Yarnell Hill fire. They talked to The Daily Courier before the deaths occurred.

Osborne said Sunday's storm that brought rain and sparked a number of lightning-related calls in Prescott caused winds to shift over the Yarnell Hill fire, but Yarnell didn't get any of the rain.

"We're getting wind-effect off the thunderhead," he said.

Meteorologist Mark Stubblefield from the National Weather Service office in Flagstaff confirmed that outflow from the thunderstorm that hit Prescott caused strong winds to shift on the Yarnell Hill fire.

Roxie Glover, director of community relations and information officer for Wickenburg Community Hospital, said staff treated a number of residents for smoke inhalation on Sunday. Another resident, whose Yarnell home was destroyed in the fire, had to be transported to another hospital due to the nature of her injuries.

"She was injured during the evacuation. We did not receive any of the firefighters," Glover said.

The Yarnell Hill fire continued to grow over the weekend, leading to full evacuations of Yarnell, Peeples Valley and three nearby subdivisions. Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Community Relations Specialist Anthony J. Palermo said structures were burning Sunday night, but could not confirm how many.

Since it began Friday, the lightning-caused fire has burned through chaparral and grass and grown to 2,000 acres.

Arizona Department of Transportation closed a 15-mile stretch of Highway 89 Sunday afternoon following the evacuation order. The roadway closed for an indefinite period just north of Congress to south of Kirkland. Drivers traveling north or south were asked to use Highway 93 or Interstate 17 as alternate routes.

Firefighters began airdrops over the fire Sunday morning, Reichling said. While monsoons dropped rain over Prescott and other areas, Yarnell has received no moisture since the fire began.

A Type 2 Incident Management Team took control of the fire Sunday. Currently 350 personnel are assigned to the fire, but that number could grow to 400 firefighters by Monday when a national Type 1 team takes over the battle. Sixteen engines, eight water tenders, two rescue vehicles, two structure protection vehicles, one dozer, one hotshot crew, seven Type 2 hand crews, one camp crew, six helicopters, two air tankers and more were reported to be on hand to fight the blaze.

A Type 1 team has the most training and experience in fighting wildfires and is deployed on the most severe incidents. A Type 2 team has the same federal or state certifications but receives less training and generally has less experience. Nationwide, there are roughly twice as many Type 2 teams as those with Type 1 qualifications.

Using reverse 911, authorities advised residents to evacuate to an American Red Cross shelter located on the campus of Yavapai College in Prescott. Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies also went door to door to reach as many people as possible and assist them with the evacuation order.

Dennett said last reports indicated the fire at zero containment.

"It's still pretty active. I suspect, in light of everything that's happened, we'll get the resources we need," Dennett said.

YCSO deputies setup three roadblocks Sunday, one at the junction of Highway 89 and Hays Ranch Road, one at Hays Ranch Road and Sickles Ranch Road; and a roadblock at Buckhorn Road and Frontier Road.

Hours after news of the tragedy went public, a Facebook page, "In Honor of Prescott Firefighters 6/30/13," appeared online honoring the fallen firefighters. The City of Prescott's website, which includes the home page for the Prescott Fire Department, appeared to be offline Sunday night.



Reporter Joanna Dodder contributed to this story.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Article comment by: Donna Rosenberg

I am writing a book on the hotshots. Their lives, how they met their wives. Their training. Any info would be helpful. Would like to interview the familiy members.

Posted: Thursday, July 04, 2013
Article comment by: Sharron Haworth

I get comfort when I vision all 19 hotshot fire fighters walking into Heaven together arm & arm. Heaven must have shook when 19 hotshot fire men entered the gates of Heaven on that day & God waiting there to welcome all of them.
What a wonderful day!!!!
Sharron



Posted: Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Article comment by: Elsie Leach

My heart goes out to all the firefighters and their familys! The tragedy will never be forgotten!

Posted: Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Article comment by: Edmund Clark

I did a little research and found the Prescott, AZ daily newspaper online, home to the Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters who suffered such a cataclysmic, devastating loss of life, as everyone know knows, 19 brave heroes died facing hell on earth a roaring, racing, killer of a wildfire. God Bless their souls, families, community, and their firefighter brothers who live with the knowledge of there but for the grace of God, go we this tightknit community who live and die sharing a kinship few know. It is like a death in family multiplied by 19. Ed Clark, Easley, SC.

Posted: Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Article comment by: Vicki Ekren

My thoughts and prayers for each of these lost firefighters, their loved ones, and those that have lost their homes in this tragedy. Each will be greatly missed. Our family was fortunate enough to know one of these brave souls. May the Lord bring each of you peace.

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: Sylvia (Straub) Hall

I am saddened to learn of this tragic event. After working hand in hand as an EMT with the Page, AZ fire dept. I am aware of how dangerous a city firefighters job is. I can not imagine the pain of losing an entire fire dept. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families and the entire towns of Prescott, Chino and Prescott Valley. God bless you and comfort you.

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: jim felkey

My Sympathy to all the family and friends of these brave fire fighters. Local news showed the disaster of Yarnell from the air and low and behold there is a cross still standing in the wreckage. I have to take this as a sign from our Maker that He needed them in Heaven. I know my Mom will be there to greet them. I never post to article but felt the need to share this sign from God.

Jim


Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: Kathy Bryant

We will always honor, remember, respect and appreciate all of your efforts to save all that you could in Yarnell. You would say you did your job...I say you are our Heroes. May God Bless your families and Keep them in his arms.

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: Kevin kruckman

I lived in Prescott for a couple of years and
I watched the Hot Hotshot prepare for fires.
God bless them and may they rest in peace.
My heart goes out to the families for their terrible loss.

KJk


Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: Dan Hinshaw

Firefighting is a very dangerous job. It bothers me to see comments on a daily basis that these men and women don't deserve their pay and benefits. God bless these firefighters and my deepest sympathies to their families.

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: Phil Rosenkranz

I heart dropped lastnight when I heard of the deaths.

I offer my heartfelt condolences to all the families and fellow brothers of the fallen.


Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: Michael Sobzak

Although I live far from Prescott, AZ my heart goes out to the families and friends of the lost Granite Mountain Hotshots. No words will make your pain less grievous but my prayers are extended to all of you. -Glenville, PA

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: Boomer, Tonya, Tegan, Sofi, Danny, Tammy Nida

Our hearts ache for the familie's of the lost crew members as well as our community. We can not express the sorrow we feel for such an unimaginable loss. Our prayers are with each and every one of you. We will never ever forget your courage and heroism. May the lord be with all of you through this difficult time.

The Nida Family


Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: Arch Wood

Correction:

My wife and I have NO words.....


Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: Wendy Stazenski

Thoughts and prayers to all the families of our fallen heroes, may God bless and comfort you during your time of sorrow. We as a community thank them for their dedicated service to protect life and property and who gave the ultimate sacrifice in doing so. We are heart-broke over this horrific loss and they will never be forgotten. May they Rest In Peace and Walk With God.....

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: Gloria Pawson

As the wife of a BLM firefighter,that just about didn't make it on July 4th last year, My deepest sympathies for those lost. When you're a firefighting family all firefighters every where are a part of your family.To those trying to abandon festivities -Don't. Cancel the fire works if needed, but celebrate and honor the lives of each of those individuals. Come together and help each other heal. I found out about this on Sunday night @ 10pm. My sister lives in Prescott.

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: charles glisson

Rest in Peace fallen fire fighters. To those on the line God Be With You.

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: Don't cancel the rodeo.

But ... mayor and city council just might cancel the fireworks! Which should NEVER have been scheduled during this dry, gusty, risky time!

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: United Way of Yavapai County

United Way of Yavapai County has established an account at National Bank of Arizona for the benefit of the families of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots killed in Sunday’s Yarnell Fire, as well as for those who have lost their homes in Yarnell.

Donations to the Yarnell Fire Fund can be made in person at any National Bank of Arizona branch or through UWYC’s website, www.unitedwayyavapai.org

UWYC will work with the Prescott Fire Department and the Town of Yarnell to distribute donations to the Hotshots’ families and Yarnell citizens.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who have lost their loved ones or homes during this horrible tragedy.


Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: Sherry Thompson

We should not cancel the rodeo, for people like my grandparents it is the only time to meet with old friends. It does not take away from the tragety, but why punish the rodeo and its fans, we should show support for the firefighters by going on as they would have.

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: Hooty Hoo

Horrible, just tragic. My daughter knew 2 of the Hotshots from high school. Prayers to the families please.

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: Beth Cottle

My heart is breaking for the heroes that lost their lives as well as for their friends and family. My heart also breaks for my home town.

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: Toni Roach

Our hearts go out to everyone who has had a loss. Those who lost loved ones, and those who has lost their homes....THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO ALL....GOD BLESS THE FIREFIGHTERS AND THEIR FAMILIES AND THOSE WHOS LOST HOMES AND BELONGINGS , PRAYERS GO OUT TO ALL OF YARNELL ARIZONA....

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: CINDY KAY LUTEN

MY "PRAYERS" GO OUT TO "ALL" OF YOU.
"REMEMBER" ALL THE "GOOD-TIMES" YOU HAD,IT "TRULY" IS A "TREASURE" THROUGH YOUR "GRIEF" "HANG-IN" THERE,IT'S "TOUGH" I "LOST" MY "MOM" ALLMOST 10 MONTHS AGO,BUT IT IS "HARD" "TRY" TO KEEP "BUSY" IN DOING THINGS,WHEN YOU CAN....MAY "GOD" BLESS YOU AND KEEP THE "HOPE" OF BEING TOGETHER AGAIN WITH YOUR "LOVED" ONES,IT'S "ALL" "WE" GOT AS "GOD'S" CHILDREN............C.K.L."ROSEBUD".....


Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: JM S

How sad. Coming from 3 generations of firefighters, 2 generations of policemen, I thank God my family survived. These are very dangerous jobs. R.I.P.


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