Arizona

Jun 30, 2014 8:44 PM by Marissa Esquivel

Remembering the Yarnell Hill Fire one year later

The wildfire near Yarnell, ignited by lightening on June 28, 2013, killed 19 City of Prescott firefighters, members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. The fire was fully contained by July 10, 2013.

It resulted in the highest wildland firefighter death toll in the U.S. since the 1933 Griffith Park Fire that killed 29 firefighters. It is the sixth deadliest American firefighter disaster overall and the deadliest wildfire ever in Arizona.

On Monday, a memorial was put together to remember those who perished in the Yarnell Fire. People stood for a moment of silence in Prescott for the hotshots who died one year ago. The memorial was set outside the Yavapai County Court House.

All flags in Prescott were put to half staff.

Thirteen of the nineteen who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire are buried at Arizona Pioneer's Home Cemetery in Prescott. This site was just a hillside with rocks and dirt, but it was remade into a memorial for the heroes.

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