The Arizona State Forestry Division has completed its Serious Accident Investigation report pertaining to the tragic Yarnell Hill Fire and plans to release that report to the public and media on Saturday.
Nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite wildland firefighting crew that was the only Type I team sponsored by a municipality, perished on June 30 when the fire overtook them in a box canyon. Conveyed on strong, thunderstorm-driven winds, the 8,000-acre blaze moved into the town of Yarnell, destroying more than 100 homes.
Officials intend to hold a media briefing at 10 a.m. Saturday at Prescott High School's Ruth Street Theater. Presenting the report will be Arizona State Forester Scott Hunt, Serious Accident Investigation Team Leader Jim Karels and co-lead Mike Dudley, and Prescott Fire Department Chief Dan Fraijo.