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Ducey orders flags at half-staff for anniversary of Granite Mtn Hotshot deaths

In honor of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who were killed in the 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire, Governor Doug Ducey is ordering flags at all state buildings to be flown at half-staff on June 30.... Read more»

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Flags at half-staff Tuesday to mark anniversary of deaths of Granite Mountain Hotshots

Seven years ago, 19 firefighters died battled the Yarnell Hill Fire south of Prescott, Ariz. Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered flags be flown at half-staff Tuesday to honor their memories.... Read more»

Ducey: Honor Granite Mtn Hotshots on anniversary of Yarnell Fire

Ordering flags at half staff on Thursday, Gov. Doug Ducey said, "Three years ago today, Arizona lost 19 brave Granite Mountain Hotshots to the most devastating wildfire in Arizona history. Our hearts are with their families, fellow firefighters and the community of Yarnell on this solemn anniversary."... Read more»

Key evidence in Yarnell Hill Fire tragedy never provided to investigators

Key evidence that could explain why the Granite Mountain Hotshots moved from a safe location into a treacherous box canyon where 19 men died on June 30, 2013 was in the possession of the Office of the Maricopa County Medical Examiner but was not provided to the state-contracted investigation into the tragedy, autopsy records recently obtained by InvestigativeMEDIA show.... Read more»

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Ducey: Remember Granite Mountain Hotshots

Today marks a solemn anniversary for the state of Arizona, as we remember the 19 brave men who gave their lives at Yarnell Hill two years ago. ... Read more»1

Arizona to pay families $670K over Yarnell Hill firefighter deaths

Arizona will pay a total of $670,000 to the families of the 19 elite firefighters killed in the country's deadliest wildfire in 80 years and has agreed to reform the way it fights wildfires, state officials said... Read more»

A year later, Yarnell continues putting community back together

Not all the houses have been rebuilt. Not all the people have moved back home and not all the damage has been repaired. But one year after the town of Yarnell was hit by what would become the deadliest wildfire in Arizona history, residents say the town is steadily pulling itself back together. ... Read more»

Granite Mtn Hotshot families file $237M wrongful death claims

The families of 12 of the Granite Mountain Hotshots killed June 30 in the Yarnell Hill Fire have filed notice of claims with the city of Prescott, Central Yavapai County Fire District, the Arizona Forestry Division, Yavapai County and four fire commanders seeking $237.5 million in damages.... Read more»

Yarnell Hill Fire investigation ignored major mistakes by state

"There's usually a chain of events — things that happened that shouldn't have happened" — that contribute to fatal wildfire incidents, said a retired wildfire investigator. Another firefighter, the former chief in Yarnell, called a recent state report on the death of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots a "big cover-up."... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Arizona files complaint vs. Federal Election Commission

Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill, Tucson Weekly Editor Dan Gibson, TucsonSentinel.com's Dylan Smith, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, Arizona Chamber of Commerce CEO Glenn Hamer... Read more»

Father of dead Hotshot: Bigger fires are big business

Two months after his 26-year-old son was killed fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire, Dave Turbyfill is left with more questions than answers, and is suspicious that private contractors dominating the wildfire business don’t want to knock down fires too fast and, therefore, miss out on big paydays.... Read more»

Evidence mounts that Granite Mtn Hotshots shouldn't have deployed

Increasing evidence reveals that reasons far from supernatural contributed to the tragic deaths of 19 of the 20 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. Dispatch logs show the wildland firefighting crew should not have been deployed to fight the Yarnell Hill Fire.... Read more»2

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: House Speaker Tobin calls for firefighter benefits

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, Republican Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin, Sunnyside Governing Board member Buck Crouch, talk show host Emil Franzi, Ward 2 Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham.... Read more»

Forestry official confirms commenting on Hotshot fire deaths

Backing away from earlier claims of a fabricated story, officials said the Deputy State Forester has confirmed that he made the comments attributed to him by InvestigativeMEDIA in a July 30 article in which Payne was quoted as saying the leader of the Granite Mountain Hotshots made mistakes in the moments leading up to his death and the deaths of 18 members of his crew.... Read more»

Official: Hotshot leader violated safety protocols in fatal Yarnell fire

Eric Marsh, superintendent of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, violated safety protocols when he and 18 of his firefighters were killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30, a state Forestry official said. It appears that Marsh violated several basic wildfire rules including not knowing the location of the fire, not having a spotter observing it, and leading his crew through thick, unburned vegetation near a wildfire.... Read more»4

Granite Mtn Hotshot co-founder describes Yarnell crew’s last stand

Video: Prescott Wildland Division Chief Darrell Willis on Tuesday described what he believes happened on June 30 when the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew made a last-ditch stand in a box canyon against a wind tunnel of fire.... Read more»

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