Closer Look: How 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots Died in the Yarnell Hill Fire

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Illustration Kyle T. Webster

 

"We are going to hallowed ground," says Jim Paxon, spokesman for the Arizona Forestry Division, moments before leading reporters and TV crews to the site where 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots were killed in a June 30 wildfire.

"They are almost superhuman," Paxon drawls to reporters gathered on the morning of July 23. "As we go up there, there's a Granite Mountain Hotshots shirt on a cactus. We would ask that you touch the shirt ... in reverence to the loss."

Read the full story by John Dougherty.

Published on August 21, 2013

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