Today is the six month anniversary of the Yarnell Hill Fire that overran 19 Prescott Hot Shots in Arizona. Weather.com launched a story/video today with exclusive interviews with the family members of the fallen and the sole survivor. Take a few minutes out of your day to remember those who were lost, watch the personal accounts of their loved ones, and hear the radio traffic from that dark day for all of us in the fire service.
Dec. 30, 2013 – When a crew of wildland firefighters hiked into the brown hills of central Arizona on June 30, they were determined to fight fire in a grassy wildland mottled by developments and choked with dry scrub, in a place that hadn’t seen significant flames since 1966.
It was hot. Radios across the region blared warnings about the rising mercury, the whole of the Southwest sweltering. Phoenix had hit a record 119 degrees the day before, and in the mile-high town of Prescott, 90 miles northwest, thermometers were showing triple digits for the third day in a row.- Stacey Solie (weather.com)