Details will take awhile to flow in, but this is a huge tragedy.
PRESCOTT - The Prescott Fire Department lost nearly its entire crew today - the Granite Mountain Hotshots - with 18 firefighters dying and one surviving.Hot Shot fire crews everywhere, we honor you.
8:18 PM PT: A few more details here:
YARNELL, AZ (CBS5/AP) -
Eighteen firefighters have been killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire in the Town of Yarnell.
The fast-moving fire has burned 250 structures in the Town of Yarnell and grown to 2,000 acres, command center officials said Sunday night.
Earlier, 19 firefighters battling the blaze in Yavapai County had not been heard from as the wildfire headed into the Town of Yarnell, fire officials said.
Around 6 p.m., authorities said they were unable to establish communications with them, although they had been seen from a helicopter.
Wickenburg Community Hospital is preparing to receive at least eight firefighters suffering injuries, said hospital spokeswoman Roxie Glovers. The extent of their injuries was not known.
One member survived the fire and another crew member who was not part of the Granite Mountain Hotshots died, bringing the total killed to 19.
A Facebook page has been set up in their honor.
YARNELL, Ariz. — An Arizona fire chief says a wildfire that killed 19 members of his crew was moving fast and fueled by hot, dry conditions.
Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo said in a news conference that the department is grieving the loss of so many of its members...
The fire started with a lightning strike on Friday and spread to 2,000 acres on Sunday amid triple-digit temperatures. It burned several homes about 85 miles northwest of Phoenix...
11:00 PM PT: Town of Yarnell burns:
AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski
200 homes reported burned in Yarnell, pretty much all of this town of 700 population. No additional injuries/deaths reported.
Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 5:25 PM PT: Single survivor of hotshot crew survived because he was moving the unit's truck at the time.
The tragedy Sunday evening all but wiped out the 20-member Granite Mountain Hotshots, a unit based in the small town of Prescott, Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo said as the last of the bodies were retrieved from the mountain. Only one member survived, and that was because he was moving the unit's truck at the time, authorities said.
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These are the names and ages of those who were lost:
Andrew Ashcraft, 29http://abcnews.go.com/...
Robert Caldwell, 23
Travis Carter, 31
Dustin Deford, 24
Christopher MacKenzie, 30
Eric Marsh, 43
Grant McKee, 21
Sean Misner, 26
Scott Norris, 28
Wade Parker, 22
John Percin, 24
Anthony Rose, 23
Jesse Steed, 36
Joe Thurston, 32
Travis Turbyfill, 27
William Warneke, 25
Clayton Whitted, 28
Kevin Woyjeck, 21
Garret Zuppiger, 27