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Nineteen members of a Hotshot fire crew battling the Yarnell Fire in Yavapai County were reportedly killed Sunday, June 30, by the fast-moving 1,300-acre fire.

According to reports, the crew was the Granite Mountain Hot Shot Crew from Prescott. Their names have not yet been released.According to reports, the crew was the Granite Mountain Hot Shot Crew from Prescott. Their names have not yet been released.

According to Sedona Fire District Fire Chief Kris Kazian, SFD has sent several firefighters to battle the blaze; all are safe, he said.

“This is as dark a day as I can remember, with Arizona suffering the truly unimaginable loss of 19 wildland firefighters," Arizona Go. Jan Brewer said in a statement around 10 p.m. Sunday.

“It may be days or longer before an investigation reveals how this tragedy occurred, but the essence we already know in our hearts: fighting fires is dangerous work. The risk is well-known to the brave men and women who don their gear and do battle against forest and flame."

”When a tragedy like this strikes, all we can do is offer our eternal gratitude to the fallen, and prayers for the families and friends left behind. God bless them all.”


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  • Rebecca Renbourne

    May God bless the precious souls of the Granite Mountain Hot Shot Crew, may the heroes who work so hard and suffer so much to protect us and our environment from the ravages of fire be blessed every single day for the risks they take and the hardships they endure.

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