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19 Firefighters Working Yarnell Hill Fire Confirmed Dead (Arizona) (Update: 19 dead)
KSAZ-TV ^ | Sunday, June 30, 2013 | Jessica Flores

Posted on 06/30/2013 7:45:43 PM PDT by kristinn

Prescott Fire Department confirmed 19 firefighters have died while battling the Yarnell Hill fire on Sunday night. They're part of the Prescott Granite Mountain Hot Shots.

The wildfire was likely caused by a lightning strike Saturday night.

The Yarnell Hill fire, about 35 miles southwest of Prescott, has burned about 1,300 acres and forced the evacuation of 50 homes.

The fire started Friday and has not yet burned down any structures, but Sunday night firefighters pushed the blaze back away from communities, hoping to keep the blaze from overtaking any homes.

A growing fire in Yarnell forced about 600 residents from their homes.

(Excerpt) Read more at myfoxphoenix.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: firefighter; firefighters; fireman; firemen; lightning; prescott; wildfires; yarnellhill
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Prayers for the firefighters, their families and the people of Yarnell Hill.

Here's hoping the confirmation is a mistake, but there was a report earlier of twenty missing firefighters, with only one being found.

1 posted on 06/30/2013 7:45:43 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Prayers.


2 posted on 06/30/2013 7:46:14 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: kristinn

19? Sad...sad...sad.


3 posted on 06/30/2013 7:47:34 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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To: kristinn

Awful. Prayers for them and their families.


4 posted on 06/30/2013 7:48:30 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: kristinn
Good grief!

Prayers.

5 posted on 06/30/2013 7:48:43 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Trey Gowdy......Nuff said.)
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To: kristinn

What an awful tragedy.


6 posted on 06/30/2013 7:51:06 PM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: kristinn

The POS is over taking his world vacation while Arizona burns and 19 firefighter perish. Grrrrrrr


7 posted on 06/30/2013 7:52:17 PM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: kristinn

Oh Dear God...

Prayers ...


8 posted on 06/30/2013 7:54:01 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: kristinn

I just saw this as breaking news on twitter I Could not believe it..can someone explain to me how so many firefighters can die in one time Ive never heard such a thing..such a horrible tragedy God bless these brave firefighters


9 posted on 06/30/2013 7:54:23 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: yorkie

yorkie, did you SEE this? How horrible!!


10 posted on 06/30/2013 7:55:28 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Canyon_Fire


11 posted on 06/30/2013 7:56:15 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: kristinn
Someone commented on the article and said report is wrong. Firefighters are hurt but not dead. Pray they are correct and article is wrong.
12 posted on 06/30/2013 7:56:18 PM PDT by LuvFreeRepublic
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To: Sarah Barracuda
I just saw this as breaking news on twitter I Could not believe it..can someone explain to me how so many firefighters can die in one time Ive never heard such a thing..such a horrible tragedy God bless these brave firefighters

If I was to guess I'd say probably heavy winds shifted directions. Maybe the fire jumped a ridge and cut them off.

13 posted on 06/30/2013 7:57:47 PM PDT by Sparticus (Tar and feathers for the next dumb@ss Republican that uses the word bipartisanship.)
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To: Paladin2

Damn thats horrible!! This is the largest loss of firefighter life since 9/11


14 posted on 06/30/2013 7:58:24 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: All
Report confirmed by the Prescott Courier which puts the death toll at 18 firefighters with one survivor:

The Prescott Fire Department lost nearly its entire crew today - the Granite Mountain Hotshots - with 18 firefighters dying and one surviving.

Prescott Fire spokesman Wade Ward told The Daily Courier the crew was battling the Yarnell fire, which has resulted in evacuations as it has grown to an estimated 1,300 acres in size.

SNIP

15 posted on 06/30/2013 7:59:13 PM PDT by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: kristinn

Terrible. I don’t think I’ve heard of that many dying at once.


16 posted on 06/30/2013 8:00:16 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.)
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To: kristinn
http://www.azcentral.com/news/arizona/articles/20130630crews-fighting-small-fires-around-Arizona.html?nclick_check=1

Good news - at least according to this update... it says 22 firemen injured with 8 expected to be hospitalized. Praise the Lord!

17 posted on 06/30/2013 8:00:39 PM PDT by Sparticus (Tar and feathers for the next dumb@ss Republican that uses the word bipartisanship.)
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To: kristinn
What a terrible tragedy. Condolences to families and friends of these brave souls. May their sacrifices never be forgotten.


18 posted on 06/30/2013 8:01:53 PM PDT by South40
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To: kristinn

Other Phoenix tv websites are reporting 18 firefighters dead.


19 posted on 06/30/2013 8:04:45 PM PDT by TomGuy (.)
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To: Sparticus

Prescott Fire has already confirmed that 18 firefighters have died..perhaps that report that you linked was early on..such a horrible horrible tragedy


20 posted on 06/30/2013 8:08:03 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: kristinn

Prayers for the brave.


21 posted on 06/30/2013 8:08:57 PM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: kristinn
Mapping data on US wildfires here:

http://www.geomac.gov/index.shtml

Click on GeoMAC Viewer and then explore that window.

22 posted on 06/30/2013 8:11:05 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Sparticus

Prayers lifting, that the update is correct.

Tatt


23 posted on 06/30/2013 8:11:51 PM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Many must have perished from the extreme heat.


24 posted on 06/30/2013 8:11:56 PM PDT by Wiggins
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To: kristinn

Mann Gulch Fire 1949

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-eYEoCIEIs


25 posted on 06/30/2013 8:15:10 PM PDT by artichokegrower
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To: Patriot Babe
He'll be back for the photo op.

Prayers for the families.

26 posted on 06/30/2013 8:15:28 PM PDT by kitchen (Make plans and prepare. You'll never have trouble if you're ready for it. - TR)
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To: kristinn

What an awful day.

RIP and thinking of their families...


27 posted on 06/30/2013 8:16:21 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: Patriot Babe

They would be no better off if he were in country. Except for the cost, I’m glad he’s where he is.


28 posted on 06/30/2013 8:17:13 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: kristinn
What an unfortunate occurrence. My prayers go out to the departed souls and the loved ones they left behind.

Brother when you weep for me Remember that it was meant to be

Lay me down and when you leave Remember I'll be at your sleeve

In every dark and choking hall I'll be there as you slowly crawl

On every roof in driving snow I'll hold your coat and you will know

In cellars hot with searing heat At windows where a gate you meet

In closets where young children hide You know I'll be there at your side

The house from which I now respond Is overstaffed with hero's gone

Men who answered one last bell Did the job and did it well

As firemen we understand That death's a card dealt in our hands

A card we hope we never play But one we hold there anyway

That card is something we ignore As we crawl across a weakened floor

For we know that we're the only prayer For anyone that might be there

So remember as you wipe your tears The joy I know throughout the years

As I did the job I loved to do I pray that thought will see you through


29 posted on 06/30/2013 8:20:15 PM PDT by RobertClark (My shrink just killed himself - he blamed me in his note!)
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To: kristinn

Horrible. Prayers for their families.


30 posted on 06/30/2013 8:20:40 PM PDT by Girlene
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To: Brad's Gramma; yorkie

Yorkie was the first person that came to mind since she lives so close.
Prayers for all of the families and for those fighting the fire.

Oh such loss...


31 posted on 06/30/2013 8:22:47 PM PDT by pollywog ("O Thou who changest not, abide with me.".......)
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To: kristinn

Lots of families are hurting down there.

Prayers for their souls and those left behind...


32 posted on 06/30/2013 8:26:35 PM PDT by llevrok (We are in a new Cold War. At home.)
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To: artichokegrower

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mann_Gulch_fire


33 posted on 06/30/2013 8:27:55 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

“Lessons learned from the Mann Gulch fire had a great impact on firefighter training. However, some of the lessons were forgotten and the tragedy would be repeated in the South Canyon Fire of 1994, in which 14 firefighters died.”


34 posted on 06/30/2013 8:28:40 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Forest fire fighter deaths in a single fire due to the fire itself in double digits occur, but rarely. This total of 19 is the largest since before 1949.

1949 Montana Helena NF 13 deaths

1953 California Mendocino NF 15

1966 California Angeles NF 12

1994 Colorado Glenwood Springs 14

Yearly totals can be between 10- 30, but occur in 1s 2s or up to 8 at a time. It’s dangerous work.


35 posted on 06/30/2013 8:29:57 PM PDT by RicocheT (Eat the rich only if you're certain it's your last meal)
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To: kristinn

Prayers up.

Sad.


36 posted on 06/30/2013 8:31:48 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: RicocheT

Firefighting is always dangerous work..I have heard of firefighters dying in the line of duty but had never heard of a number that high, in one time..unreal..God Bless these brave men who battle these fires they are true heroes


37 posted on 06/30/2013 8:32:29 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Brad's Gramma

I am in the far northwest corner of the Phoenix valley. Went up to Wickenburg and up 89 the back way into Prescott just before the Granite Mtn fire a few weeks ago. That route took me through the area burning today.

The back yard smells like smoke so the winds are pushing it this way.

This is a horrific loss to the local FD up there. Sounds like their whole wildfire team almost.

“Young Men and Fire” is the work that really let us understand this danger.


38 posted on 06/30/2013 8:33:24 PM PDT by KC Burke (Officially since Memorial Day they are the Gimmie-crat Party.)
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To: kristinn

We stopped at the McDonalds at Cordes Junction (East of Prescott) today about 1:00 p.m. on our way home from Surprise. It was 107 degrees and very, very windy.


39 posted on 06/30/2013 8:34:35 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Osama tried and failed. Obama got it done.)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

..can someone explain to me how so many firefighters can die in one time Ive never heard such a thing.


Only God knows, but I will make an effort. They take extraordinary risks that probably should not be taken. These wildfires are horrific and I have seen a few up close here in the Northwest. The speed and ferocity with which they move leaves little margin for error and they can change speed and turn on a dime. You have very little chance of survival if you get caught in one of these and these crews can only move as fast as they can run through difficult terrain. We had some perish here in Washington a few years ago from a very questionable decision by the crew supervisor who had questionable ability. I respect their bravery, but I question why we put men and women at such risks in the first place.

As more people build in the forest and live in the forest (I am one) there will be more structures burned. My house is not worth the life of a firefighter(s). I have insurance and I take practical steps to improve my property (as I am allowed) to lessen the risks, but I accept that risk by living here just as I believe people who live on the Florida coast should assume the risks of hurricanes as the cost of living there.

We would be much better served by employing these men and women to care for the forest by clearing fire breaks and periodically lowering the fuel load in the forest. An overgrown forest with a high fuel load is not always a “natural” thing because wildfires used to burn more often and they were left unchecked to clear the forests. It’s amazing how fast the forests recuperate too - see Glacier National Park for proof.

It’s time to rethink our strategy for forest and land management and a tragedy like this would be a good reason. I truly hope and pray this report is wrong, but if not I pray for the affected families and also pray something good will come out of such a tragedy.


40 posted on 06/30/2013 8:34:56 PM PDT by volunbeer (We must embrace austerity or austerity will embrace us)
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To: kristinn

Prayers Up.


41 posted on 06/30/2013 8:35:48 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: KC Burke

2000 acres burnin and it’s growin....19 dead for sure and town roads blocked........500 homes in fires path....town in Yarnell Az ...nearly the entire fire force of Prescott is gone

prayers up....and 250 homes are gone already...burnt down


42 posted on 06/30/2013 8:36:39 PM PDT by advertising guy (golf in june in Phoenix ? it's so dry, our gators use Gold Bond)
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To: KC Burke
The back yard smells like smoke so the winds are pushing it this way.

And as close as I was to the Doce (Docie...) fire, the wind NEVER got us. Rather amazing, really.

Losing this many men is something I just can't grasp. :(

43 posted on 06/30/2013 8:38:33 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

In Worcester MA 6 were were killed fighting a abandoned building fire. They got lost and ran out of air, along with crews sent in to look for them. Not sure how so many were jilted igniting a wild fire, unless they got trapped.


44 posted on 06/30/2013 8:40:56 PM PDT by matt04
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To: advertising guy

I was in the southwest area of Prescott about 2 years ago...The entire area looked like a dyed out tinderbox, where one spark would set it off.


45 posted on 06/30/2013 8:41:45 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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I was in the southwest area of Prescott about 2 years ago...The entire area looked like a dried out tinderbox, where one spark would set it off.
46 posted on 06/30/2013 8:42:35 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Sparticus

Yes, the wind changed and the firefighters were trapped in a ridge...horrid news.

A member of my family was trapped the same way, but she was able to escpe, she was alone and crying at that time, as well.

Very sad, indeed.

Prayers up, for the families..


47 posted on 06/30/2013 8:46:16 PM PDT by joyce11111 (he police minute)
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To: dragnet2

channel 5 keeps showin updates.....Friday the fire was 15 acres...it’s over 2000 acres now and growin


48 posted on 06/30/2013 8:46:45 PM PDT by advertising guy (golf in june in Phoenix ? it's so dry, our gators use Gold Bond)
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To: advertising guy

press conference in bout an hour from the local fire dept


49 posted on 06/30/2013 8:48:19 PM PDT by advertising guy (golf in june in Phoenix ? it's so dry, our gators use Gold Bond)
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To: kristinn

Almighty Father, let this account be wrong, but if it is not your will, then please comfort the families and friends of these firefighters and receive the fallen unto you with open arms. I ask this in the Name of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Amen.


50 posted on 06/30/2013 8:48:28 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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