The Fire Chief of the Prescott Az. Fire Dept. just gave a news conference announcing the deaths of 19 firefighters who were killed while battling a wildfire in AZ.
Fox News is reporting that the firefighters were part of the Payson/Granite Hills Hotshot crew and that they were killed while fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire in Central AZ.
The Granite Hills Hotshots are an Elite Wildland Handcrew that is part of the Prescott Az Fire Dept. It is reported that they lost most of their crew today.
Rumors and sketchy information abound, what we know for sure is that they are gone. It never seems to stop.
For a local newspaper article on the Granite Hill Hot Shots, click on the link. It was written a month or so ago and gives some backround on the crew.
Deepest condolences to those left behind.