— Cathy O'Neill (@CAO916) July 1, 2013
— Dave Statter (@STATter911) July 1, 2013
Yarnell Hill Fire: Photo of the Prescott Fire Dept. Granite Mountain Hotshots from city website. pic.twitter.com/UGEy5E1yUo
— Arizona News (@ArizonaNewsnet) July 1, 2013
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:
— NewMexico FireWatch (@NMFireWatch) July 1, 2013
And they were busy fighting on several fronts in Arizona:
— bmaz (@bmaz) July 1, 2013
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.
— Adam Longo (@adamlongoTV) July 1, 2013
Our sympathies to the friends and family of Granite Mountain Hotshots lost today fighting the Yarnell Fire near… http://t.co/WKTvBtxKsd
— KAWC Public Media (@KAWC) July 1, 2013
R.I.P. Granite Mountain Hotshots http://t.co/XgFbS9r3O4
— Terry Fund – CA (@terryfundca) July 1, 2013
To carry on in the firefighter tradition…. I will ! RIP brothers from Prescott Granite Mountain Hot Shots in Arizona.
RFB – KTF
— Jason Marshall (@jmarshall86) July 1, 2013
— Rhode Island Red (@Rome_Fell) July 1, 2013
— Meredith Yeomans (@YeomansNBC5) July 1, 2013
Their heroism and dedication will not be forgotten.
— azcentral (@azcentral) July 1, 2013
This is the worst firefighter loss in a wildfire in 80 years and the worst loss in any incident since 9/11:
— 12 News (@12News) July 1, 2013
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:
@weatherchannel they have fire shelters on their hips..Did any of them use it?
— Gerard Freeman (@GerardFreeman) July 1, 2013
Photo: Granite Mountain Hotshots practice setting up emergency fire shelters. They were forced to deploy them today. pic.twitter.com/TEAdNYyJpi
— Preston Phillips (@PrestonTVNews) July 1, 2013
Example of Fire Shelters Used by Prescott Crew When Deployed: pic.twitter.com/jSt15cLIQg
— Nicholas A. Kovach (@TheKovach) July 1, 2013
— Steve Irvin (@Steve_Irvin) July 1, 2013
RT @garytx: Starting to see reports that the LODDs on the Yarnell Hill Fire had deployed their shelters.
— Dave (@FDChief251) July 1, 2013
Honoring the 18 LODD Prescott Granite Mtn Hotshots with this photo. Put this on your FB Timeline to remember them. pic.twitter.com/LetBwgLnmn
— The NW Fire Blog (@nwfireblog) July 1, 2013