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Members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots run during training on the use of emergency fire shelters. Nineteen members of the crew died this weekend fighting the Yarnell Hill fire.

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Doomed Hotshot crew trained hard

“Fire everywhere!” Phillip “Mando” Maldonado, a squad leader, shouts instructions as a dozen Hotshots, firefighters trained to combat wildfires in extreme conditions, face a nightmare scenario: flames rushing in from all sides and their survival hinging on successfully unfolding and wrapping themselves in thin sheets of heat-reflecting material.


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