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 surrounding the deaths of the 19 men was completely normal.
We previously noted how the team deflected questions at a press conference in Prescott this weekend, and denied the chance for follow-up questions.
A perfect example of that is at the 12-minute mark in the first video below, in which Dougherty asks about Granite Mountain Hotshots superintendent Eric Marsh's whereabouts in the moments leading up to his crew being trapped by the flames. The other videos of the question-and-answer session can be seen below that:
(Left to right at the table: Arizona State Forester Scott Hunt, Florida State Forester Jim Karels, U.S. Forest Service investigator Mike Dudley, Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo, and Prescott Wildland Division Chief Darrell Willis. At the lectern is Arizona Deputy State Forester Jerry Payne.)
More videos from the press conference can be seen at the Investigative Media website.
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