October 1, 2013
The fatal chain of events started on June 30, as the Granite Mountain Hotshots, pictured here in training, rested in the safety of an already burned area — referred to as the “black.”
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Crucial questions remain despite report
Pages into the report released Saturday on the death of 19 wildland firefighters in the Yarnell Hill Fire in late June, investigators discuss “fog and friction,” a military term that describes the challenges soldiers face trying to communicate, understand and respond in the heat of combat. “Fog” refers to the chaos of battle and “friction” to ambiguous information, fatigue and unexpected events.