Yarnell Hill Fire Report to Be Released This Weekend
There's a mountain of evidence that shows the Granite Mountain Hotshots never should have been deployed to the Yarnell Fire.
However, in recent weeks, Prescott Wildland Division Chief Darrell Willis declared on ABC News that the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire "could have made it" if the feds sent air-tankers requested by state firefighting officials.
According to Willis, if the U.S. Forest Service would have been able to fill those orders, then maybe it would've given the Hotshots an extra 10 minutes, which Willis claims would have been enough to save the lives of the 19 men.
"If they'd had 10 more minutes, they could have made it," Willis told ABC News. "That crew was totally fit. There's no question in my mind that they would've made it."
Interestingly, the crew already had air-tankers, three of which had already dropped flame retardant on the Yarnell Hill Fire before being grounded at 2:23 p.m. due to weather, and did not get back into the air until after the Hotshots deployed their shelters, according to dispatch logs.
The release of the new report is being done at Prescott High School at 10 a.m.
See New Times' coverage of the fire below:
-Granite Mountain Hotshots Never Should've Been Deployed, Mounting Evidence Shows
-Prescott's Fire Commander Responds to Cover Story on Granite Mountain Hotshots
-Fire Official: Hotshots "Could Have Made It" Had Feds Sent Requested Tankers
-Arizona Republic Sues for Yarnell Hill Fire Records That Officials Refuse to Release
-Granite Mountain Hotshots Killed in Yarnell Hill Fire Taken Back to Prescott
-Yarnell Hill Fire 100 Percent Contained
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