State legislators are proposing a law that says the state isn't liable for state employees fulfilling its duties on state land.Fighting wildfires happens to fall under the scope of that law, and the proposal is no coincidence, as precursors to lawsuits have been filed against the state in recent mon ... More >>
The Weather Channel has released a documentary on the Yarnell Hill Fire and the "nation's wildfire crisis," in something of a different look at the fire that killed 19 firefighters last year.In addition to a more weather-focused view of the events that led up to the deaths of the Granite Mountain Ho ... More >>
In case you missed out on some of the biggest news stories of the year, or just need a refresher, we've got you covered.Check out our month-by-month review of some of the biggest news stories around Phoenix:
In case you've missed any of the New Times cover stories this year, we've got 10 that you definitely should read.Sorry to the munchies and music departments, but this is the news blog, so our picks are news-related, naturally.
The Arizona State Forestry Division is contesting the "serious" safety violations another state agency claims the forestry division made in fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire."On that day the fire burned over 8,000 acres of wildland, over 114 structures, and resulted in multiple instances of firefighter ... More >>
In a precursor to a lawsuit, several residents of Yarnell have filed notices of claim with the Arizona Attorney General's Office, alleging their homes were destroyed due to inept and negligent firefighter management earlier this year.The notices come from the Scottsdale law firm Knapp & Roberts, the ... More >>
Newly released documents from the investigation released by the Arizona State Forestry Division describe widespread confusion among those at the scene of the deadly Yarnell Hill Fire.Although the report itself has been widely discounted for investigators' refusal to assess any blame for the events t ... More >>
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.
Well, Arizonans, while you can decide on your own what you might be giving thanks for this Thanksgiving, we can tell you some things you shouldn't be thankful for.In fact, we found 50 ways in which you can give no thanks this year:
The mother of one of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire is seeking millions of dollars from the City of Prescott, Yavapai County, and the state.Marcia McKee, the mother of 21-year-old Grant McKee, filed a notice of claim against the three entities, which could precede th ... More >>
The creator of a new fire shelter says his product can withstand temperatures hotter than the flames that killed the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots in the Yarnell Hill Fire.Jim Moseley, who developed the SunSeeker Fire Blanket, says these shelters can withstand temperatures of about 2,500 degrees -- a ... More >>
In case you missed any news action this week, we've got you covered.Here's our recap of the most-read news stories of the week:
Yarnell Fire Chief Jim Koile announced at a fire board meeting yesterday that he's quitting.Some local residents pointed the finger at Koile after the Yarnell Hill Fire destroyed many homes in the small community. Local residents have also been raising the issue of Koile's 1974 manslaughter convicti ... More >>
Although it's been nearly three months since the deadly Yarnell Hill Fire was contained, the signs of the fire still remain in the small town.Consider the photo above of what used to be a home, which was completely burned down. Notice that the grass surrounding the foundation is almost perfectly gre ... More >>
Nobody did anything wrong in fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire, which killed 19 wildland firefighters in June, according to the team assigned to investigating the incident.Thanks to videos shot by reporter John Dougherty, you can watch as firefighting officials explain how everything about the events s ... More >>
Along with the report on the Yarnell Hill Fire, investigators also released a video in an attempt to explain what happened.Like the report, the video doesn't answer all the questions surrounding the deaths of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots, but it is a pretty good visual representation of how the ... More >>
The investigative report into the Yarnell Hill Fire has been released.Perhaps the most important part of the report is the disclaimer, "This report does not identify causes in the traditional sense of pointing out errors, mistakes, and violations but approaches the accident from the perspective that ... More >>
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.Fire officials have insisted that everyone with questions wait until this report comes out, but it looks like that report is unlikely to answer the questions everyone's be ... More >>
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 >>
In case you missed any news action this week, we've got you covered.Here's our recap of the most-read news stories of the week:
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 >>
Reporter John Dougherty made an appearance on Southern California Public Radio yesterday to answer questions about his report on the increasing evidence that the Granite Mountain Hotshots never should have been deployed.Although some people have decried Dougherty's report for whatever reasons, Dough ... More >>
Reporter John Dougherty will be on Southern California Public Radio this morning to talk about his report on the increasing evidence that the Granite Mountain Hotshots never should have been deployed.The men were deployed to the Yarnell Hill Fire in late June, and 19 of the crew's 20 members were ki ... More >>
Following John Dougherty's report on the growing evidence that the Granite Mountain Hotshots never should have been deployed to the fire that killed almost the entire crew, some interesting responses to the story showed up in New Times' mailbag.A former Prescott mayor, a former hotshot, and others s ... More >>
In the aftermath of the Yarnell Hill Fire, which killed 19 of the 20 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, reports indicate that the city wants to rebuild its crew.While it's still in the planning stages, it may not be the best idea, considering the issues surrounding the crew that was lost in Y ... More >>
The wildfire burning just miles away from Yarnell -- where 19 firefighters were killed while battling another blaze -- is 85 percent contained.The fire's expected to be completely contained this evening, and the 850-acre blaze hasn't really threatened the nearest sign of civilization, which is Yarne ... More >>
Brendan McDonough, the lone survivor of the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew, said it "wasn't a bad decision" his colleagues made before being killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire.That comment came from ABC News' exclusive interview with McDonough, which aired in part this morning on Good Morning America.
Today's a big day for Arizonans, as we collectively hope that Governor Jan Brewer can behave herself in front of the President of the United States.As we all know from the infamous photo of Brewer's finger in the president's face from last year, Brewer couldn't quite contain herself during their pre ... More >>
No matter how many police reports we read through on a monthly basis, the criminal creativity, stupidity, and craziness never ceases to amaze us.Just when you think you've seen it all, there's always something worse. From a cocaine-thieving plastic surgeon, to a guy barfing on a dog and shooting its ... More >>
Arizona State Forestry Division officials don't seem to be in agreement about a report that the leader of the Granite Mountain Hotshots crew made a few errors before he and 18 members of his crew died in the Yarnell Hill Fire.Former New Times reporter John Dougherty's original report in question cit ... More >>
The leader of the Granite Mountain Hotshots crew apparently violated several wildfire-fighting safety protocols in the moments before 19 of the crew's 20 members were killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire.Eric Marsh, the superintendent of the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew, was one of the 19 firefighters k ... 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 >>
If you've noticed that there seem to be more wildfires every year in the western United States, your observation is correct.The wildfires are costly to fight, and can be deadly for firefighters, as was the case with the Yarnell Hill Fire. The risk of wildfires in the western U.S. will only increase, ... More >>
A woman who was arrested in Gilbert informed a police officer that she was "glad" the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots died in the Yarnell Hill Fire last month, because they were white.According to court documents obtained by New Times, the woman, 58-year-old Merry Finley, also said that she is "happy w ... More >>
If you're beginning to notice that wildfires seem to be popping up quite frequently, in Arizona and elsewhere, you're not alone.And according to many researchers, climate change is among the chief causes.
Arizona State Forestry DivisionThe Yarnell Hill Fire on June 29.The Arizona State Forestry Division has released an outline of the events surrounding the June 30 deaths of 19 firefighters in the Yarnell Hill Fire.The timeline includes orders for resources to fight the fire -- orders that weren't nec ... More >>
Almost two weeks after lightning sparked a fire that eventually burned through more than 8,400 acres, and killed 19 firefighters in the process, the Yarnell Hill Fire is 100 percent contained, according to fire officials.People with homes in Yarnell and Peeples Valley already returned to their homes ... More >>
Two memorials for the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire have been set up, including a flagpole erected at the "deployment site" -- where the firefighters tried to use their fire shelters to protect themselves from the blaze.For today only, there will be shuttles to take pe ... More >>
A preliminary report on the investigation into the Yarnell Hill Fire, which killed 19 firefighters last week, says flames "entrapped" the Granite Mountain Hotshots."Nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots were entrapped when flames overran their position on June 30," the report states. "Ey ... More >>
The Dean Peak Fire that's burning near Kingman is "wind[ing] down," according to firefighting authorities.The 5,400-acre, lightning-caused fire, which has been burning just 10 miles southeast of Kingman, is now 90 percent contained.
If you've read mainstream media accounts of the moments leading up to the death of 19 firefighters in Yarnell, then you've been led to believe that a "sudden" thunderstorm is what sent the Granite Mountain Hotshots into harm's way.That's not the case, former New Times reporter John Dougherty has dis ... More >>
The Yarnell Hill Fire that killed 19 firefighters almost a week ago is now 80 percent contained.That last 20 percent of containment isn't expected to be easy, though, as the estimated date of containment is a week from now, on July 12.
Brendan McDonough, the sole survivor of a fire disaster that killed 19 Arizona firefighters, had sincere remorse in a 2010 vehicle-burglary case, according to a probation officer's report. The pre-sentence report depicts a motivated, young father-to-be who deserved a second chance after a crucial l ... More >>