Yarnell Hill Fire Report to Be Released This Weekend
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The investigative report on the deaths of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots in the Yarnell Hill Fire will be released on Saturday.
An investigative team, led by a state forester in Florida, has been completing the long-awaited report, which is meant to be a "factual and management report for accident prevention."
Unfortunately, it's unlikely that the report will answer all of the public's questions.
In New Times' recent cover story, "Lambs to Slaughter," reporter John Dougherty cited a former Hotshot who actually got out of the business due to this investigations:
William Riggles, a 12-year member of the Smokey Bear Hotshots based in New Mexico, states in a an e-mail that he got out of the business in 2008 because accident investigations "never criticized any" management decisions.Just a few days ago, the Arizona Republic chimed in with an entire article dedicated to how factual this report will be.
Riggles says "facts changed" during investigations, and "what's worse, everybody keeps their mouths shut and babbles the official story."
From the Republic:
State officials refuse to say whether a report on the Yarnell Hill Fire tragedy, scheduled for release in coming weeks, will adhere to national guidelines that call for investigators to conceal causes of the accident and ignore wildfire safety standards in their analysis.That doesn't sound encouraging.