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19 Firefighters Working Yarnell Hill Fire Confirmed Dead (Arizona) (Update: 19 dead)
KSAZ-TV ^ | Sunday, June 30, 2013 | Jessica Flores

Posted on 06/30/2013 7:45:43 PM PDT by kristinn

Prescott Fire Department confirmed 19 firefighters have died while battling the Yarnell Hill fire on Sunday night. They're part of the Prescott Granite Mountain Hot Shots.

The wildfire was likely caused by a lightning strike Saturday night.

The Yarnell Hill fire, about 35 miles southwest of Prescott, has burned about 1,300 acres and forced the evacuation of 50 homes.

The fire started Friday and has not yet burned down any structures, but Sunday night firefighters pushed the blaze back away from communities, hoping to keep the blaze from overtaking any homes.

A growing fire in Yarnell forced about 600 residents from their homes.

(Excerpt) Read more at myfoxphoenix.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: firefighter; firefighters; fireman; firemen; lightning; prescott; wildfires; yarnellhill
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Prayers for the firefighters, their families and the people of Yarnell Hill.

Here's hoping the confirmation is a mistake, but there was a report earlier of twenty missing firefighters, with only one being found.

1 posted on 06/30/2013 7:45:43 PM PDT by kristinn
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Prayers.


2 posted on 06/30/2013 7:46:14 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: kristinn

19? Sad...sad...sad.


3 posted on 06/30/2013 7:47:34 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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To: kristinn

Awful. Prayers for them and their families.


4 posted on 06/30/2013 7:48:30 PM PDT by onedoug
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Good grief!

Prayers.

5 posted on 06/30/2013 7:48:43 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Trey Gowdy......Nuff said.)
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To: kristinn

What an awful tragedy.


6 posted on 06/30/2013 7:51:06 PM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: kristinn

The POS is over taking his world vacation while Arizona burns and 19 firefighter perish. Grrrrrrr


7 posted on 06/30/2013 7:52:17 PM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: kristinn

Oh Dear God...

Prayers ...


8 posted on 06/30/2013 7:54:01 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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I just saw this as breaking news on twitter I Could not believe it..can someone explain to me how so many firefighters can die in one time Ive never heard such a thing..such a horrible tragedy God bless these brave firefighters


9 posted on 06/30/2013 7:54:23 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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yorkie, did you SEE this? How horrible!!


10 posted on 06/30/2013 7:55:28 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Canyon_Fire


11 posted on 06/30/2013 7:56:15 PM PDT by Paladin2
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Someone commented on the article and said report is wrong. Firefighters are hurt but not dead. Pray they are correct and article is wrong.
12 posted on 06/30/2013 7:56:18 PM PDT by LuvFreeRepublic
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I just saw this as breaking news on twitter I Could not believe it..can someone explain to me how so many firefighters can die in one time Ive never heard such a thing..such a horrible tragedy God bless these brave firefighters

If I was to guess I'd say probably heavy winds shifted directions. Maybe the fire jumped a ridge and cut them off.

13 posted on 06/30/2013 7:57:47 PM PDT by Sparticus (Tar and feathers for the next dumb@ss Republican that uses the word bipartisanship.)
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To: Paladin2

Damn thats horrible!! This is the largest loss of firefighter life since 9/11


14 posted on 06/30/2013 7:58:24 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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Report confirmed by the Prescott Courier which puts the death toll at 18 firefighters with one survivor:

The Prescott Fire Department lost nearly its entire crew today - the Granite Mountain Hotshots - with 18 firefighters dying and one surviving.

Prescott Fire spokesman Wade Ward told The Daily Courier the crew was battling the Yarnell fire, which has resulted in evacuations as it has grown to an estimated 1,300 acres in size.

SNIP

15 posted on 06/30/2013 7:59:13 PM PDT by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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Terrible. I don’t think I’ve heard of that many dying at once.


16 posted on 06/30/2013 8:00:16 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.)
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http://www.azcentral.com/news/arizona/articles/20130630crews-fighting-small-fires-around-Arizona.html?nclick_check=1

Good news - at least according to this update... it says 22 firemen injured with 8 expected to be hospitalized. Praise the Lord!

17 posted on 06/30/2013 8:00:39 PM PDT by Sparticus (Tar and feathers for the next dumb@ss Republican that uses the word bipartisanship.)
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What a terrible tragedy. Condolences to families and friends of these brave souls. May their sacrifices never be forgotten.


18 posted on 06/30/2013 8:01:53 PM PDT by South40
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To: kristinn

Other Phoenix tv websites are reporting 18 firefighters dead.


19 posted on 06/30/2013 8:04:45 PM PDT by TomGuy (.)
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To: Sparticus

Prescott Fire has already confirmed that 18 firefighters have died..perhaps that report that you linked was early on..such a horrible horrible tragedy


20 posted on 06/30/2013 8:08:03 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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