Yarnell Hill Fire Report Released

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The investigative report into the Yarnell Hill Fire has been released.

Perhaps the most important part of the report is the disclaimer, "This report does not identify causes in the traditional sense of pointing out errors, mistakes, and violations but approaches the accident from the perspective that risk is inherent in firefighting."

See also:
-Hotshots Never Should've Been Deployed, Mounting Evidence Shows

While the report does provide a few new details, it fails to provide answers for any number of questions.

Why did the Hotshots move from "the black," the safe area, into the box canyon where they ended up trapped by the fire? Why were the Hotshots even deployed to the fire, even though dispatch logs showed the command center said the Granite Mountain Hotshots were unavailable?

The five firefighting officials running the press conference today in Prescott also failed to provide answers to many questions. Prescott Fire Department Wildland Division Chief Darrell Willis didn't answer any questions, despite being present, and didn't do interviews after the press conference, as other fire officials did.

Willis' public statements in the aftermath of the fire have proven to be questionable. For example, he gave an interview to ABC News, in which he claimed the Hotshots may have survived had they received all the air-tankers they ordered from the U.S. Forest Service to fight the Yarnell Hill Fire.

This is debunked in two prominent places in the report (pages 99 and 100).

More information to come.

UPDATE 8:25 p.m.: Yarnell Hill Fire Report: No Problems in Deaths of 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots

The report can be found on the next page.



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11 comments
DirtyHarry
DirtyHarry

Many condolences to the families of the firefighters who lost their lives in the fire.

royalphoenix
royalphoenix

Did any of the fallen have a cell phone in their pocket ? peace

Evan1379
Evan1379

Sounds like Prescott Fire Department Wildland Division Chief Darrell Willis f**cked up in directing those 19 fighting the fire.  The Prescott Fire Dept. messed up and won't own up to it.  More than likely, they don't want to be sued.

tondojondo
tondojondo

I sdont think Jack Stammerville is going to approve!


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rickaz59
rickaz59

Hey, I have an idea.  Let's blame it on the radios.  Yes, that's it.  It was all the fault of the radios.

PewFam
PewFam

The investigative team gave the public and the families all the information that they could.  Why does the New Times have to keep blaming people?  If there was blame to be had they would have stated that in the report.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Everyone knew that the "report" was going to be a whitewash when they announced that it would be released on a Saturday. So, basically, we don't know any more about the whys and wherefores than we did when those poor devils died that day. So what's the point, really? Did the authors think that it would stifle peoples' questions? Would it give a pass anyone who had anything to do with sending the Hotshots to their deaths? The answer is an unequivocal no.

saddened26
saddened26

@Evan1379 Sounds like you don't know what you are talking about!  GET A LIFE!

rickaz59
rickaz59

@PewFam As the Warren Commission found:  Being President is inherently dangerous.

Jukes
Jukes

@PewFam I don't see any blame.  I see a news outlet asking three important questions that I, among many others, would like answers to:  why were the hotshots there when they were supposed to be unavailable, who ordered them into the box canyon, and WHY?  According to the Constitution that's the function of the Fourth Estate:  to ask questions on behalf of the citizenry who are paying for the government agencies in charge of this fiasco.  Someone knows the answers to these questions and that someone isn't talking.  That's the source of a white wash. 

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