More Memorial Services Planned for Granite Mountain Hot Shots

More Memorial Services Planned for Granite Mountain Hot Shots

With Tuesday’s national service of memorial and remembrance complete, the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots are making their way home and to their final resting places. Services are being planned in hometowns across the nation for the […]
Thousands gather for memorial to honor the Granite Mountain Hot Shots

Thousands gather for memorial to honor the Granite Mountain Hot Shots

“They were heroes…long before we knew their names,”  Vice President Joe Biden said at a memorial service for the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots crew who were killed while fighting the Yarnell Hill wildfire. The fallen men were honored […]
Update: Yarnell Hill Fire 80 Percent Contained

Update: Yarnell Hill Fire 80 Percent Contained

Good news in the latest update on the deadly Yarnell Hill fire, which is now 80 percent contained — and that may be the only good news in a difficult week for firefighters, their families and the residents of this […]

A Tragedy As Seen Through the Eyes of A Firefighters Wife

By Tracy Schlater There are events that are so ingrained your memory you can recall exactly where you were when you heard about them. The Oklahoma City bombing. The day Princess Diana died. 9/11. Sunday night I added one more as […]
Fire Shelters: The Last Resort

Fire Shelters: The Last Resort

(Photo from National Wildfire Coordinating Group) Fire shelters are considered the last resort for firefighters caught in a deadly burn-over event. But with overall effectiveness in question — some experts say a firefighter who deploys his fire shelter may have […]
Update: Yarnell Hill Fire

Update: Yarnell Hill Fire

(Photo by U.S. Forest Service) The Yarnell Hill fire, which began with a lightning strike on June 28 and took the lives of 19 firefighters from the Granite Mountain Hot Shots less than 24 hours later, has grown by 50 […]

Reaction to the Granite Mountain Hot Shots News

Reactions have poured in via social media on the news of the deaths of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots. Eighteen members of the hot shots crew and another firefighter were killed Sunday night after being overcome by flames during their […]
Who Were the Granite Mountain Hot Shots? Part II

Who Were the Granite Mountain Hot Shots? Part II

(Photo of Granite Mountain Hot Shots in 2012 courtesy U.S. Forest Service/Gila National Forest) Only the best and brightest could earn a spot on the 20-person Granite Mountain Hot Shots Crew. This elite team consisted of some of the most […]
Who Were the Granite Mountain Hot Shots?

Who Were the Granite Mountain Hot Shots?

(Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service/Gila National Forest) Who were the Granite Mountain Hot Shots? Only one of the most skilled wildland firefighting crews in the country, the first municipal hot shot crew when the unit was formed in 2002 in […]
Obama, McCain Mourn Granite Mountain Hot Shots

Obama, McCain Mourn Granite Mountain Hot Shots

President Obama issued a statement from Africa, where he is traveling, calling the Granite Mountain Hot Shots “heroes.” Arizona Sen. John McCain also released a statement. The full text of their statements is below. President Obama “Yesterday, nineteen firefighters were […]