Tributes to fallen Arizona’s Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew flood Twitter; Largest firefighter loss since 9/11

As Twitchy reported tonight, the deadly Yarnell Fire southwest of Prescott, Arizona, claimed the lives of 18-19 firefighters.

They served on the elite Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew, and just been battling another wildfire in New Mexico, according to this Twitter user:

And they were busy fighting on several fronts in Arizona:

The Granite Mountain Hot Shots were among the first firefighters to attack the human-caused Doce fire that began Tuesday, June 18, in the Dosie Pit area of Prescott National Forest off Iron Springs Road in Prescott.

“Their crews of 20 are typically among the first ones in there – they’re on the front lines, and take a direct line of attack to the fire,” Ward said.

The Granite Mountain Hot Shots and the Prescott National Forest’s Prescott Hot Shots had just come off the fires in New Mexico when the Doce fire started, so they were nearby and able to help, Ward said.

Then four other Hot Shots groups from across the country, as well as firefighters from all over the state, joined them to fight the Doce fire.

Their heroism and dedication will not be forgotten.

Update:

This is the worst firefighter loss in a wildfire in 80 years and the worst loss in any incident since 9/11:

Details about how the blaze claimed the hot shot crew’s lives are emerging after the Sunday night press conference. Reportedly, many of the firefighters were found in emergency fire shelters that they carry on their hips:

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