19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots crew lost their lives on June 30th containing wildfire in Yarnell, AZ.
Nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, part of the Prescott Fire Department, lost their lives Sunday, June 30th, while battling the 2,000-acre Yarnell Hill fire that ignited Thursday, June 28th south of Prescott.
The fire was 90 percent contained Sunday, after destroying more than 100 homes in Yarnell and burning about 13 square miles. The town remained evacuated Sunday. The crew of elite Hotshots was working to build a fire line between the blaze and Yarnell when erratic winds suddenly shifted the fire’s direction, causing it to hook around the firefighters and cut off access to a ranch that was to be their safety zone.
The men were in the prime of their lives, and many left behind wives — some pregnant — and small children. Chive Charities made a $10,000 Chive Fund grant to the Prescott Firefighter’s Charities. 100% of the proceeds from any and all donations go directly to support the families of the fallen firefighters.