Late afternoon on June 28 ,the Yarnell Hill Fire started on a ridge west of Yarnell , Arizona when lighting ignited multiple fires .The fire started in a boulder field in steep terrain with no vehicle access; it was about one-half acre in size. Over night the fire grew to 300 to 500 acres. The firefighting continued throughout Saturday and Sunday, and late in the afternoon on Sunday, June 30 , the wind changed virtually 180 degrees, and raced back into Yarnell. The Hot Shots were deploying fire shelters when the fire overtook them. Temperatures exceeded 2000F , and the deployment site was not survivable.
19 Members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew died.
Andrew Sterling Ashcraft - Robert E. Caldwell - Travis Clay Carter Dustin James DeFord - Chistopher A. MacKenzie - Eric S. Marsh Grant Quinn McKee - Sean M. Misner - Scott Daniel Norris - Wade S. Parker John J. Percin,Jr. - Anthony M. Rose - Jesse James Steed - Joe B.Thurston Travis Turbyfill - William Howard Warneke - Clayton Thomas Whitted Kevin J Woyjeck - Garret Zuppiger.
Earlier this year I met with the Yarnell Fire Chief Ben Palm and a member of the Memorial Committee and committed to doing a special " Pulaski " axe for the town of Yarnell. Along with that I am raising the awareness level of donations needed to build the Memorial.
You can make tax deductible contributions to the Yarnell Hill Recovery Group . PO Box 1086 - Yarnell , Arizona 85362 Write in Memorial Park in the memo section. or Directly at National Bank of Arizona Account # 7600002730 Rtg #122105320
Note: The above picture is the last photo taken before heading down.
Esse Quam Videri To Be, Rather Than To Seem,To Be.
Pictures from the groundbreaking ceremony on June 28 2015
Presentation of axe to the members of the Memorial Committee.
Arizona has created a State Park to remember it`s fallen firefighters. You are now able to visit the area where they perished. This difficult hike is seven miles plus and takes about five hours. Your climb will take you up approximately 1100 ft. following a path that the Hot Shots would follow.
Once you reach the ridge you descend approximate 400 feet to the memorial site.
Along your way there is a plaque memorializing each firefighter.
March 27 2019 My resent visit to Yarnell.
I had an opportunity to meet Chief Jeff Shearer and
Aaron Leach and review the progress of the Memorial
As you can see they are still in need of donations to
complete their project. With additional funding they
hope to finish it within the next year.
Please use the bank information above to make your
needed donations.....thank you
March 2020.......I finally had the opportunity to hike the seven mile trail to the Memorial Site. It was quite a test and took me over seven hours but it was something i will never forget. If you ever get the chance check your heart and knees and do it.