Tragedy … 19 Firefighters Killed in Arizona Were Part of Elite Hotshot Crew



The ‘Hotshot’ units are among the best fire fighting crews in the country and sadly we mourn the loss of 19 heroes.

CNN is reporting that 19 firefighters were killed in Arizona on Sunday battling the wild fire in Yarnell. The crew who is part of the Prescott Granite Mountain Hot Shots was fighting the Yarnell Hill fire. It is being reported that presently the fire is 0% contained. The 19 members of an elite firefighting crew who were killed Sunday tried to protect themselves by deploying tent-like structures before they were overtaken.  The fire is believed to have been started by lightening. We pray for the families and friends of the lost hero firefighters. May they rest in peace.

Nineteen firefighters were killed Sunday battling a blaze in Arizona, the state forestry division said.

The vast majority were from Prescott, said Wade Ward with the Prescott Fire Department.

State forestry official Art Morrison said the firefighters were members of a “hotshot” crew, tasked with digging a fire line and creating an escape route.

“In normal circumstances, when you’re digging fire line, you make sure you have a good escape route, and you have a safety zone set up,” Morrison said. “Evidently, their safety zone wasn’t big enough, and the fire just overtook them.”

Much more, including tweets and pics can be seen at BuzzFeed.

Posted July 1, 2013 by
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    2 Responses to “Tragedy … 19 Firefighters Killed in Arizona Were Part of Elite Hotshot Crew”

    1. Tamikosmom on July 1st, 2013 2:15 pm

      Al Qaeda threatening to start wildfires in US
      Thursday, May 03, 2012

      WASHINGTON (KABC) — Al Qaeda terrorists are calling on followers to ignite wildfires in the U.S., which could make California a target.

      Californians have seen their share of devastating wildfires, some large enough to wipe out whole neighborhoods in a matter of minutes. It is the kind of destruction terrorists are now hoping to take advantage of. An al Qaeda-linked website is now calling on extremists to set fires in remote areas.
      The websites even provide instructions on how to make fire bombs and firefighters are taking it seriously.

      “It does not seem all that farfetched. A wildfire moves quite quickly and can inflict damage, and if people have that intent, it’s very frightening,” said Battalion chief Julie Hutchinson with the California Fire Department.

      The instructions to extremists come from Inspire, al Qaeda’s online publication which was started by American-born al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki. Al-Awlaki was killed by a U.S. missile strike in September, but the publication is still being produced.

    2. Tamikosmom on July 1st, 2013 3:01 pm

      Thanks about it. The Foot Hood suspect was on the FBI’s Islamic radar prior to the massacre. The Boston Bombers were on the FBI’s Islamic radar prior to the massacre.

      Could it be the Islamic appeasement … Islamic PC will not end until ….?

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