Special thanks
to our supporters

  • William McLean
  • Jonathan Hoffman
  • Chris Janton
  • Ronstadt Insurance
  • Lucy Del Giorgio
  • JD Wallace
  • Edna Gray
  • Newton B & Sunny Link Ashby
  • Rocco's Little Chicago
  • John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
  • NewsMatch
  • & many more!

We rely on readers like you. Join them & contribute to the Sentinel today!

Hosting provider

Proud member of

Local Independent Online News Publishers Authentically Local Local First Arizona Institute for Nonprofit News

"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»

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»

A pyrocumulonimbus cloud erupts over Yarnell at the exact moment when the Granite Mountain Hotshots were deploying their fire shelters.

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

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»

Officials with the state Forestry Division disputed a news report Tuesday that quoted the agency's deputy director as saying the leader of the Granite Mountain Hotshots violated wildfire safety protocols when he and 18 of his firefighters were killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire. "State Forestry apologizes for (the) inappropriate expression of opinion as fact." Read more»

A Granite Mountain Hotshot t-shirt is draped over a cactus. The shelter deployment site is behind. The crew descended into the box canyon from the saddle on the ridge.

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

A Granite Mountain Hotshot t-shirt is draped over a cactus. The shelter deployment site is behind. The crew descended into the box canyon from the saddle on the ridge.

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»

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is refusing to release more than a dozen emails with the governor’s office concerning the issuance of the air pollution permit for the proposed Rosemont copper mine. Read more» 2