November 5, 2013
The Yarnell Hill Fire near Prescott killed a 19-man Hotshot crew and destroyed 503 structures. Only 14 homes in the fire’s path met full firewise standards — and not one of them fell to the flames.
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600-acre blaze once again threatens town
A 600-acre wildfire on the east side of Yarnell has forced the evacuation of 300 residents and consumed three structures. The fire was on the opposite side of town as the lethal 2013 fire that claimed the lives of 19 Prescott firefighters trying to move through thick brush to get to a position where they could save the unincorporated community.
Report avoids assigning blame for death of 19 Prescott firefighters
The curiously unrevealing official report on the deaths of 19 Prescott Hotshots battling the Yarnell Hill Fire underscores the terrible risks firefighters inevitably run trying to protect poorly prepared communities in increasingly fire-prone forests.