Granite Mountain Hotshots

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19 'Hotshot' Firefighters Didn't Have to Die: Report

Families get new, upsetting information about Yarnell Hill Fire

(Newser) - Family members of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighters who were killed in Arizona's Yarnell Hill Fire in July are struggling with the added heartbreak that their loved ones didn't have to die. A state safety commission ruled yesterday that state forestry officials made numerous errors; among them:... More »

Radio Problems Tied to Deaths of 19 Firefighters

Investigators say communication was shoddy during Arizona blaze

(Newser) - An investigation into the June deaths of 19 firefighters killed while battling an Arizona blaze has found improperly programmed radios, vague updates, and a 30-minute communication blackout just before the flames engulfed the men. The report says at the moment the firefighters were killed, an air tanker carrying fire retardant... More »

Wife of Fallen Firefighter in Arizona Has Baby Boy

Two more women are expecting

(Newser) - Jaxon Misner won't get to meet his dad: The newborn is the son of Sean Misner, one of the 19 firefighters killed in June while battling a wildfire, reports the Arizona Republic . Mom Amanda Misner gave birth last night, and she and the child are doing fine. Jaxon (his... More »

Firefighter's Widow Fights for Benefits in Arizona

Juliann Ashcraft's husband was part-time employee

(Newser) - The family of one of the 19 Arizona firefighters killed in June is making a public pitch today to pressure the city of Prescott into giving his widow and their four children health and pension benefits, reports the Arizona Republic . The sticking point is that Andrew Ashcraft wasn't technically... More »

Sole Surviving Arizona Firefighter Finally Speaks

Brendan McDonough says he isn't quitting firefighting

(Newser) - Brendan McDonough, the only member of the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew to survive a deadly wildfire in Arizona in June , has given his first interview since the tragedy to ABC News . Contrary to earlier reports, McDonough—known to his colleagues as "Donut"—says the team was aware that... More »

Lone Survivor Salutes Firefighters at Service

Thousands gather in Arizona

(Newser) - The lone survivor of the Arizona wildfire that killed 19 of his fellow firefighters helped bid them farewell today at a memorial in Prescott, Ariz. A stone-faced Brendan McDonough, 21, filed onto the stage at the end of the service and offered what's called "The Hotshot's Prayer"... More »

How the Arizona Fire Tragedy Unfolded

New reports detail the final moments of the Hotshot crew

(Newser) - Although the circumstances of how 19 firefighters were killed in Arizona's Yarnell Hill Fire are already broadly known , new reports offer a more detailed look at how the tragedy unfolded. The AP has compiled a map of the Hotshot crew's final movements, confirmed by fire officials, showing the... More »

Meet the Sole Surviving Arizona Firefighter

He is 21-year-old Brendan McDonough. Now leave him alone

(Newser) - Nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighter crew perished in Arizona last week , but one lone member survived. After days of mounting media scrutiny, his identity has been revealed: He is 21-year-old Brendan McDonough, the Arizona Republic reports. But now that you know, says the Prescott Fire Department, please... More »

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