The Granite Mountain Hotshots and the Yarnell Hill Fire
July 2, 2013 5:51 PM Subscribe
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On Friday June 28, 2013 a wildfire broke out in Yarnell, Arizona
. Of several hundred firefighters sent to the scene, 20 were from the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew
out of nearby Prescott. A thunderstorm on Sunday produced lightning and high winds
, causing the wildfire to explode from 200 to 2,000 acres in the matter of hours. By Sunday night, 19 of the Granite Mountain hotshots had died
, trapped in the fire by rapidly shifting winds.Hotshots
are elite wildland firefighters
who often fight with little more than the tools in their pack.
Kyle Dickman, editor of Outside magazine and former hotshot, embedded with the Tahoe Hotshots
last year fighting the Mill Fire
, giving a glimpse of what the life of a hotshot is like
With wildfires on the rise
, the risks for firefighters
have grown even greater.
Cronkite News profiled the Granite Mountain crew
last year during a training session where they practiced deploying fire shelters
A photo gallery
of the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew fighting a fire in New Mexico last year.
to the recent tragedy.
The United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association has created a website
for the 19 fallen firefighters.
The Yarnell Hill Fire falls on the heels of the anniversary of the South Canyon Fire
- also known as the Storm King Fire - of 1994. Shifting winds had also trapped firefighters, killing 14 hotshots and smokejumpers
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