In Memoriam

Widow of Granite Mountain Hot Shot Gives Birth To A Healthy Baby Boy

Widow of Granite Mountain Hot Shot Gives Birth To A Healthy Baby Boy

There’s some happy news coming out of Prescott Valley. Amanda Misner, the widow of one of the 19 Granite Mountain Hot Shots killed on June 30, gave birth to a baby boy. She was 7 months pregnant when her husband, […]

Wildland Firefighter Benefits: Evaluating Your Options

By Tracy Schlater I see Facebook posts almost daily remembering, honoring and celebrating the Granite Mountain Hotshots. But recently, a different sort of post caught my attention. It explained that the wife of Andrew Ashcraft, one of the seasonal workers […]

Water Truck Driver Dies In Crash At Big Windy Complex Wildfires

Oregon suffered its second firefighting death in a week when 19-year-old Jesse Trader was killed when a water truck overturned on a rural road on Tuesday outside of the Big Windy complex of fires. Trader, from Albany, Ore., was driving […]

What Families of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots Will Receive in Benefits

While there has been an outpouring of support, benefit concerts and events, and private donations to help the families of the 19 Granite Mountain Hot Shots who were killed in the line of duty on June 30 — all of […]
The Battle for Benefits and the Granite Mountain Hot Shots

The Battle for Benefits and the Granite Mountain Hot Shots

A battle for benefits is underway between surviving families of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots — particularly the wife and family of Andrew Ashcraft, above — and the City of Prescott. (Screengrab from CBS This Morning video) In a world […]
Firefighter Killed In Oregon; 28th to Die in 2013

Firefighter Killed In Oregon; 28th to Die in 2013

More sobering news today from the lines. A 28th wildland firefighter in 2013 has been killed while removing trees and performing fuels reduction in advance of a lightning-sparked fire in the Mount Washington Wilderness area of Oregon. John Hammack, 60, […]

Granite Mountain Hot Shots were entrapped by a wall of flames

The 19 Granite Mountain Hot Shots who died battling the Yarnell Hill Fire, were trapped as they were changing locations. Darrell Willis, Prescott wildland fire division chief and one of the founders of the Granite Mountain Hot Shot crew, led a […]
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 […]

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 […]

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 […]
Newspaper Front Pages for Granite Mountain Hot Shots

Newspaper Front Pages for Granite Mountain Hot Shots

A look at Monday morning’s sad news on Arizona newspaper front pages for the Granite Mountain Hot Shots. The Arizona Republic captured the essence of the news with a single-word headline: “Tragedy.” The Arizona Daily Star was more straightforward in […]
Granite Mountain Hot Shots Killed in Yarnell Fire

Granite Mountain Hot Shots Killed in Yarnell Fire

Nineteen members of the Prescott (Ariz.) Granite Mountain Hot Shots were killed fighting the Yarnell Hill fire on Sunday night, the worst wildland firefighting accident in 80 years. As of this report, it’s unclear how exactly the firefighters died in […]