Wildland Firefighting: Report: Erratic Fire Behavior in Wildland Fire That Killed 19 AZ Firefighters

07/16/2013
According to a recently released summary of the Yarnell Hill (AZ) Fire, a combination of unpredictable weather, challenging terrain, and limited resources helped contribute to fire that killed 19 firefighters on Sunday, June 30. The Arizona Division of Forestry released the report. The wildfire began on Friday, June 28, when lightning struck a tree in a remote area in Yarnell, Arizona. The fire did not spark initial concerns; firefighters were ordered to wait until the following morning to respond to the Yarnell Hill fire and other area lightning fires. As the fire spread on Saturday, officials ordered assistance from inmate crews, engines, helicopters, and air tankers. The report states ...

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