State investigators have proposed a $559,000 penalty against the Arizona State Forestry Division for "serious" safety violations in the Yarnell Hill Fire.Most of those proposed penalties are a result of the deaths of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots, who died in the fire on June 30.
Nothing went wrong in the Yarnell Hill Fire, which killed 19 wildland firefighters in June.That's according to the "Serious Accident Investigation Report" into the fire, released this weekend by federal, state, and local firefighting officials in Prescott.
The investigative report on the deaths of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots in the Yarnell Hill Fire will be released on Saturday.An investigative team, led by a state forester in Florida, has been completing the long-awaited report, which is meant to be a "factual and management report for accident ... More >>
It appears that several news organizations around here have been stonewalled in their quests to investigate the deaths of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots in the Yarnell Hill Fire.Among those news outlets are the Arizona Republic and 12 News, which announced a lawsuit filed against the Yavapai Count ... More >>
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Prescott Wildland Division Chief Darrell Willis now claims the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire "could have made it" if the feds sent air-tankers requested by state firefighting officials.Although firefighting officials made several requests for aircraft to fight ... More >>
A co-founder of the Granite Mountain Hotshots crew described the events leading up to the deaths of 19 firefighters in the Yarnell Hill Fire, from the location where the firefighters deployed their fire shelters as a last resort in an attempt to stay alive.Although there are still official reports t ... More >>