Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Placed at Location Where 19 Firefighters Died

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Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial via Facebook
The "deployment site," where the 19 firefighters died, is just beyond where the yellow line ends.


Two memorials for the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire have been set up, including a flagpole erected at the "deployment site" -- where the firefighters tried to use their fire shelters to protect themselves from the blaze.

For today only, shuttles will take people to an overlook from which the flag at the deployment site can be seen in the distance.

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The other memorial is at State Route 89 and Hays Ranch Road in Peeples Valley -- which where shuttles to the overlook will leave from.

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The gold star designates the "deployment site."

Fire officials say there won't be any more updates on the Yarnell Hill fire "unless conditions change drastically."

The fire has been at 90 percent containment for a few days now.

In addition to the 19 firefighters killed, 114 structures were destroyed in the blaze.

On Tuesday, a memorial service for the 19 firefighters was held.

(Click over to the next page to see information from the memorial service.)


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JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

This is the first photo I've seen of the deployment site where they died - it makes understanding how they were trapped by the fire a little more comprehendable with hilly terrain on 3 sides and what appears to be one route out.  Regardless of how or why, still an unbelievable tragedy for their family and friends and really our entire state. 

marcy
marcy

@JohnQ.Public 

And 900 ft through flat terrain to safety, they just didn't know or have quite enough time.  

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