A deadly wildfire spreading over 2,000 acres of Yavapai County has taken the lives of 19 members of an elite local firefighter crew battling the Yarnell Hill Fire. The horrific tragedy took hold amid triple digit temperatures and raging winds.
Hundreds of residents in the area southwest of Prescott, AZ have reportedly been forced from their homes. The area is about 85 miles northwest of Phoenix.
Fox 10 News has the video and report:
Read the Prescott Courier coverage here.
This lightning sparked tragedy was the biggest loss of firefighter life since 340 fire personnel died at the World Trade Center, and marks the worst in a wildfire blaze since 1933, when 29 were killed in Los Angeles.
NBC News has more on the team of firefighters known as the Granite Mountain Hotshots. We are awaiting a listing of their names.
GraniteMountain Hotshots – Fallen Firefighters
The City of Prescott is mourning the loss of the 19 heroes of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who gave their lives yesterday fighting the Yarnell Fire.
The City of Prescott is first and foremost committed to assisting those who have been impacted by this tragedy and tending to their needs. The City asks that the families and others in mourning must be afforded the space they need to begin the healing process.
The Granite Mountain Hotshots who lost their lives are:
- 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
The UK’s Daily Mail has more, including photos of the crew here.
We mourn the loss of these heroic young men and pray for their families. May God hold them all in the cusp of his hands