Dec 14, 2013 12:30 PM by Associated Press

Preservation project for Ariz. hotshots near done

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - After three months of recording and preserving remembrances of the 19 wildland firefighters killed in north-central Arizona, volunteers say they're weeks away from wrapping up the project.

The volunteers have painstakingly processing the thousands of items that grief-stricken family members, friends, and strangers left on the fence bordering the fire station that the Granite Mountain Hotshots once called home.

The 19 men died while battling the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30.

After dismantling the memorial wall in early September, a core group of volunteers has returned week after week to meticulously sort, photograph, and assign numbers to the items before storing them away on tidy shelves.

The Daily Courier ( reports that the official end of the Tribute Fence Preservation Project is scheduled for Jan. 17.


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