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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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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.


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