Monday, June 30, 2014


One year ago today, on June 30th, 2013, a wildfire near Yarnell, Arizona, took the lives of 19 members of a firefighting team from the Prescott area - the Granite Mountain Hot Shot Crew.

No one has forgotten.  Today in front of the Prescott Valley Municipal Building, flags fly in the breeze in memory of the young men who died together.

Boots rest at the base of 19 of the flagpoles and at one more.  One of the hot shots was deployed as a lookout and survived.

The battle with the Yarnell Fire was terribly bungled by perhaps several agencies.  There is blame enough to go around.  But today is a day to remember the victims.  In memorium.


  1. The loss was a horrible tragedy. Thanks for posting on this memorial. We should also remember the many men and women who are battling wild fires today.

  2. With so much going on in the news it's easy to forget the sacrifices of people like these brave firefighters. Your post, by bringing them to mind, does them a great service.

  3. Nice memorial. I wasn't aware there was bungled leadership/direction. That make it even more tragic.



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