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LODD – 19 Prescott Granite Mountain Hotshots Firefighters Dead in Arizona’s Yarnell Hill Fire

The 19 Fallen Firefighters have been identified and can be seen here

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There will be a 10am press conference in the morning at the Prescott Council Chambers to give some more detail on the incident at the Yarnell Hill Fire. The crew that was deployed had 20 hotshot members. 19 of them have died after being overrun by fire. The one surviving member was not with the crew when the crew perished.

Families of the firefighters are still being notified. The crew was an all male crew, but ages are not known at this time.

This is the largest Line of Duty Death Incident for firefighters since September 11th.

KPHO.com:

YARNELL, AZ (CBS5) – Nineteen Arizona firefighters were killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire in the Town of Yarnell late Sunday afternoon, said the Incident Command Post.

Eighteen of the victims were from the Prescott Granite Mountain Hot Shots, fire officials said. It’s not known where the other victim was based.

One surviving firefighter from the team was rushed to Maricopa County Medical Center. That person’s condition was not known.

Wickenburg Community Hospital was preparing to receive at least eight firefighters suffering injuries, said hospital spokeswoman Roxie Glovers. The extent of their injuries was not known.

PrescottAZ.com:

UPDATE – 8:40 p.m.: State Forestry Division Spokesman Mike Reichling said a 19th person was found dead where the 18 Prescott firefighters died.

Reichling said the man was not part of the hotshot crew.

Initial report – 7:20 p.m.:PRESCOTT – The Prescott Fire Department lost nearly its entire crew today – the Granite Mountain Hotshots – with 18 firefighters dying and one surviving.

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I will update as more information is available. Currently, there are 19 confirmed deaths of Prescott Fire Department Firefighters in Arizona.

MyFoxPheonix.com:

YARNELL, Ariz. – 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 Hotshots.

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 burned 250 structures so far. Firefighters pushed the blaze back away from communities on Sunday, hoping to keep the blaze from overtaking any homes.

MyFoxPheonix.com:

YARNELL, Ariz. – Prescott Fire Department confirmed at least 18 firefighters have died while battling the Yarnell Hill fire on Sunday night. They’re part of the Prescott Granite Mountain Hotshots.
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.

AZCentral.com:

Arizona State forestry officials confirmed Sunday night that 19 firefighters have died in the Yarnell Hill Fire that has ripped through half of the town, sent residents to Prescott for safety and given the state it’s biggest ever wildfire firefighter tragedy.

“It’s a dark day,” said Mike Reichling, Arizona State Forestry Division spokesman.

Reichling said the 19 firefighters were found in area that also had 19 fire shelters deployed. Some of those found were inside a shelter. Some where not.

Reichling expects about half of the town’s 500 homes to be decimated by the fire that is currently burning with zero containment and has grown well past 2,000 acres.

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  • jim stang

    breaks my heart to read about such a tragic incident, my thoughts and prayers are with family and friend of fallen heroes, please donate to the fallen firefighers fund, jim s.

  • mark

    Once a shot always a shot, I am weeping as I type. I’m so sorry guys, I’m so sorry for your families. Godspeed God Bless. How did the whole crew get caught?!?!?! This sucks so bad.

  • Robin

    Our sincere condolences to the members of the crew, as well as their family members. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  • Hudd

    God accept the souls of these fire fighters into your kingdom where they can live with you forever more. God take care of the families of the of the fire fighters who lost they’re lives. I’m proud of you guys, your bravery and strength is not often seen, it will never be forgotten. You lived your hell on earth, now embrace the kingdom of your creator for your in a better place.

  • Tom

    My friend was one of them that died. Rest in peace Andrew.

  • wilma maxime

    Prayer go out to family n friends n to the communites ,such a great loss, god bless everyone, n may u be protected with love n light..