Entire Fire Crew Perishes In Fire

Please pray for the families of these brave heroes. They risked their lives to save others and to save property:

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

A Prescott Fire spokesman 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.

UPDATE (Thanks, Mo):
All 19 have died. It's a terrible tragedy in itself. But to happen to one community is just devastating.

Posted by: DMartyr at 11:54 PM


1 Tragic beyond words. May the families find peace one day.

Posted by: Bubbe at July 01, 2013 06:09 AM

2 Bad news. Reports now are saying all 19 died.


Posted by: Mohammed pork be upon him at July 01, 2013 06:36 AM

3 There was no lightning in the area when the fire started. That almost certainly makes it human caused. If this was arson or gross stupidity such as some idiot throwing down a cigarette, the guilty need to be tied up and place in front of the advancing fire. This will give him time to think about the 19 people he has killed so far and all those who have and will loose their homes.

Those of you who live in the east don't understand how dry it is there. In that area the humidity has been so low for the last several days that it couldn't be measured. The air temperature has been over a hundred during the day.

Posted by: Mohammed pork be upon him at July 01, 2013 06:40 AM

4 Our prayers go out to the families and friends of the brave men who perished. If this was arson as # 3 alludes too, prosecuting this bastard will be a blessing. They need to turn him over to the families of the fallen.

Posted by: Moshe Ben Avram at July 01, 2013 07:01 AM

5 I used to work for the Bureau of Land Management in Boise, also home of the National Interagency Fire Center. Although I was not part of the fire management organization, there still is the feeling of family. The loss of one firefighter hits hard. Nineteen is unimaginable. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and co-workers of these brave people.

Posted by: MountainPatriot at July 01, 2013 07:35 AM

6 Beetle-killed trees. Didn't we used to spray for beetles? Too much brush and undergrowth. Didn't we used to clear that? I blame the EPA and the environmentalists.

Posted by: EROWMER at July 01, 2013 01:28 PM

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