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Sun Jun 30, 2013, 11:54 PM

At least 18 firefighters killed battling Arizona wildfire

YARNELL, Ariz. At least 18 firefighters were killed while battling the Yarnell Hill Fire in a central Arizona community, Prescott Fire Department officials confirmed.

CBS News affiliate KPHO reports that earlier Sunday, 19 firefighters battling a blaze in Yavapai County had not been heard from. Around 6 p.m. local time, authorities said they were unable to establish communications with them, although they had been seen from a helicopter.

The fast-moving fire had prompted evacuations of 50 homes in the Buckhorn, Model Creek and Double A Bar Ranch areas about 85 miles northwest of Phoenix.

In the afternoon, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office expanded the evacuations to include residents in the Peeples Valley area and in the town of Yarnell.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57591707/at-least18-firefighters-killed-battling-arizona-wildfire/


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Reply At least 18 firefighters killed battling Arizona wildfire (Original post)
Ptah Jun 2013 OP
MiddleFingerMom Jun 2013 #1
mwrguy Jul 2013 #2
Sedona Jul 2013 #3
Kali Jul 2013 #4
Wait Wut Jul 2013 #5
Kali Jul 2013 #6
Wait Wut Jul 2013 #13
TM99 Jul 2013 #8
Wait Wut Jul 2013 #12
grantcart Jul 2013 #7
Ptah Jul 2013 #9
Sedona Jul 2013 #10
dbackjon Jul 2013 #11
MiddleFingerMom Jul 2013 #14
Wait Wut Jul 2013 #15
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Ptah Jul 2013 #16


Response to Ptah (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 12:12 AM

2. Rest in peace

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Response to Ptah (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 12:32 AM

3. Prescott Courier confirms 19



Largest loss of fire fighter lives since 9/11

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

http://www.prescottaz.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=120733

Live local coverage

Press conference coming some time this evening from Prescott


http://www.azcentral.com/news/arizona/articles/20130630crews-fighting-small-fires-around-Arizona.html

http://www.azfamily.com/home/related/Watch-LIVE-3TV-News-201709481.html

http://www.abc15.com/generic/news/live-video

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Response to Ptah (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 12:53 AM

4. OMG

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Response to Ptah (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 02:04 AM

5. We're in shock.

This was the same crew that stopped the Doce fire. It's just too much to take in. Yarnell is reportedly completely devastated. I have two clients there. Hotshots (another crew) stopped another wildfire on 'P' mountain, right near an ex-bf and another friend's houses.

I've been crying for over an hour. Every time I'd hear the planes or copters fly over, I'd start all over again. Yes, there are other fires up here. I don't know how they can carry on.

The signs around town thanking the firefighters from the Doce fire are still up.

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Response to Wait Wut (Reply #5)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 02:11 AM

6. me too

haven't been this upset in a long time

OMG, no words

sending a lame virtual hug out to you (and everybody up that way.)

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Response to Kali (Reply #6)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 12:04 PM

13. Thank you, Kali.

It isn't lame, at all. I think Prescott could use a hug, virtual or not.

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Response to Wait Wut (Reply #5)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 03:56 AM

8. We are devastated as well!

 

One of my dearest friends from college works for the BLM with the fire teams. She travels all over the west with fire teams as a manager of the support crews. I have met many of these firefighters and personally knew two of these men from this crew. I am just overwrought with grief.

This guys took amazing risks and always knew the dangers, and yet, this was a sudden and horrific shock.

I, too, have spent most of the day in tears.

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Response to TM99 (Reply #8)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 12:03 PM

12. I found out last nite...

...a woman I worked with a few years back, her husband was a Hot Shot. Someone posted a photo of the team that was lost. His was the first face I saw.

The faces of people in Prescott today...the entire town is in shock. It's so quiet.

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Response to Ptah (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 03:24 AM

7. very very sad.

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Response to Ptah (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 08:14 AM

9. Granite Mountain Hotshots

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Response to Ptah (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 10:38 AM

10. Yanell residents are reporting to Channel 3 many people did not make it out of town

...elderly and people without transportation

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Response to Ptah (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 11:08 AM

11. Still in a state of shock here - been 12 hours since the news came over

 

I just can't imagine the horror their last minutes were.

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Response to Ptah (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 02:33 PM

14. RIP, heroes.

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Response to Ptah (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 06:14 PM

15. They've posted the names:


NAMES OF THE 19 HEROES

Ashcraft, Andrew - Age: 29
Caldwell, Robert - Age: 23
Carter, Travis - Age: 31
Deford, Dustin - Age: 24
MacKenzie, Christopher - Age: 30
Marsh, Eric - Age: 43
McKee, Grant - Age: 21
Misner, Sean - Age: 26
Norris, Scott - Age: 28
Parker, Wade - Age: 22
Percin, John - Age: 24
Rose, Anthony - Age: 23
Steed, Jesse - Age: 36
Thurston, Joe - Age: 32
Turbyfill, Travis - Age: 27
Warneke, William - Age: 25
Whitted, Clayton - Age: 28
Woyjeck, Kevin - Age: 21
Zuppiger, Garret - Age: 27

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Response to Wait Wut (Reply #15)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 06:25 PM

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