Skip to main content

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:


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.

10:11 PM PT:

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.

10:29 PM PT:

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:

Image Hosted by
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.

Read more:

These are the names and ages of those who were lost:

Andrew Ashcraft, 29

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

Originally posted to akmk on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 08:09 PM PDT.

Also republished by Phoenix Kossacks.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

skybluewater, Bob Johnson, shari, Alma, JR, CJB, Trix, ssmt, Mogolori, Radiowalla, jotter, murphy, copymark, AaronInSanDiego, Geenius at Wrok, Gooserock, Rolfyboy6, Pandora, Powered Grace, mimi, Emerson, OtherDoug, alicia, Shockwave, wu ming, Heather in SFBay, hyperstation, Mlle L, akeitz, eeff, grover, lady sisyphus, Creosote, JLFinch, Zinman, 88kathy, TracieLynn, cyberKosFan, BlackSheep1, teresahill, highacidity, Pithy Cherub, boadicea, Aquarius40, mollyd, askyron, high uintas, aitchdee, SneakySnu, psnyder, mwk, CitizenOfEarth, pat bunny, westyny, Steven Payne, Calidrissp, zerelda, NapaJulie, solesse413, historys mysteries, Bluesee, Tinfoil Hat, BluejayRN, YucatanMan, EJP in Maine, Laurence Lewis, Kevskos, Gary Norton, bleeding blue, cfk, majcmb1, SaraBeth, Pam from Calif, Sun Tzu, where4art, aaraujo, lotlizard, kaliope, Ginny in CO, FindingMyVoice, turdraker, Eileen B, Ekaterin, mightymouse, begone, Mother Mags, third Party please, Paul Ferguson, BachFan, Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse, myboo, koNko, smokeymonkey, KenBee, blueoasis, jguzman17, StrayCat, twigg, Rosaura, sceptical observer, middleagedhousewife, onionjim, Clive all hat no horse Rodeo, Stripe, blueoregon, Bernie68, Elasg, Aaa T Tudeattack, cpresley, Thinking Fella, tegrat, Cronesense, SpecialKinFlag, tgypsy, camlbacker, Debs2, ColoTim, gloriana, LillithMc, jeanette0605, Matt Z, flumptytail, Jimdotz, terabytes, Kentucky Kid, bobswern, gchaucer2, Rumarhazzit, Azubia, vet, Empower Ink, gizmo59, JDWolverton, jwinIL14, MKinTN, GANJA, poligirl, mamamedusa, Sixty Something, Senor Unoball, NewDealer, bythesea, skohayes, Buckeye Nut Schell, mikeconwell, Lujane, hwmnbn, Jeff Y, Gemina13, glendaw271, petulans, elpacifico66, KrazyKitten, Notreadytobenice, luckylizard, Troubadour, Karl Rover, Quilldriver, watercarrier4diogenes, maxcat06, LaFeminista, 207wickedgood, maggiejean, savano66, artmartin, rubyclaire, J M F, zmom, rsmpdx, greengemini, nchristine, banjolele, janmtairy, earicicle, DefendOurConstitution, Denise Oliver Velez, kevinpdx, Keith Pickering, Munchkn, stevenwag, Little Flower, jfromga, Dragon5616, astral66, Wendy Slammo, Leftcandid, collardgreens, LaughingPlanet, NJpeach, Observerinvancouver, UTvoter, mookins, renzo capetti, JoanMar, kacemo, ladasue, rja, orlbucfan, Patate, ericlewis0, Oh Mary Oh, dpwks, Belle Ame, Onomastic, kerflooey, Bluefin, bgblcklab1, slowbutsure, stone clearing, freesia, smiley7, mrsgoo, AgavePup, IllanoyGal, thomask, PrescottPatriot, muddy boots, blw, SueM1121, Grandma Susie, MRA NY, worldlotus, wintergreen8694, antimony, whaddaya, Caddis Fly, randomfacts, SteelerGrrl, zenox, RLMiller, DRo, Azazello, Laurel in CA, BlueDragon, hulibow, weatherdude, anodnhajo, TheLizardKing, Siri, IndieGuy, nellgwen, midgebaker, a2nite, 420 forever, FloridaSNMOM, congenitalefty, CA ridebalanced, Horace Boothroyd III, jan4insight, BusyinCA, Jimmy D 84, pittie70, OllieGarkey, arizonablue, ItsaMathJoke, Villanova Rhodes, AZ Sphinx Moth, Portlaw, BobTheHappyDinosaur, allensl, Lily O Lady, Chaddiwicker, Dallas L, smokey545, Papuska, Jabus, Yo Bubba, RiveroftheWest, howabout, helpImdrowning, moredamnpolitics, Catkin, Dr Arcadia, OldSoldier99, citylights, Kit RMP

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site