Skip to comments.19 Firefighters Working Yarnell Hill Fire Confirmed Dead (Arizona) (Update: 19 dead)
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 ...
Here's hoping the confirmation is a mistake, but there was a report earlier of twenty missing firefighters, with only one being found.
Awful. Prayers for them and their families.
What an awful tragedy.
The POS is over taking his world vacation while Arizona burns and 19 firefighter perish. Grrrrrrr
Oh Dear God...
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
yorkie, did you SEE this? How horrible!!
If I was to guess I'd say probably heavy winds shifted directions. Maybe the fire jumped a ridge and cut them off.
Damn thats horrible!! This is the largest loss of firefighter life since 9/11
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.
Terrible. I don’t think I’ve heard of that many dying at once.
Good news - at least according to this update... it says 22 firemen injured with 8 expected to be hospitalized. Praise the Lord!
Other Phoenix tv websites are reporting 18 firefighters dead.
Prescott Fire has already confirmed that 18 firefighters have died..perhaps that report that you linked was early on..such a horrible horrible tragedy
Prayers for the brave.
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Prayers lifting, that the update is correct.
Many must have perished from the extreme heat.
Mann Gulch Fire 1949
Prayers for the families.
What an awful day.
RIP and thinking of their families...
They would be no better off if he were in country. Except for the cost, I’m glad he’s where he is.
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
Horrible. Prayers for their families.
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...
Lots of families are hurting down there.
Prayers for their souls and those left behind...
“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.”
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.
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
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.
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.
..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.
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
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. :(
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.
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.
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..
channel 5 keeps showin updates.....Friday the fire was 15 acres...it’s over 2000 acres now and growin
press conference in bout an hour from the local fire dept
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.