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PHOENIX – Wildfire season is off to an earlier start this year because of dry conditions, but the state is prepared for the fight, Gov. Jan Brewer and fire officials said Wednesday.
On Tuesday, The Northwest Fire District announced its plans to disband the Ironwood Hotshot Crew at the end of this year’s wild land season.
The state and nation were shocked in August when 19 firefighters were killed. One of those firefighters was William Warneke of Marana. Wareneke was a member of the Granite Mountain Hotshots fire crew.
Our state suffered a terrible tragedy June 30 when 19 elite firefighters lost their lives battling the Yarnell fire. It was the worst single incident loss of life for firefighters since the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
Dark monsoon clouds and gusty winds arrived as the coffin of William Warneke, one of 19 firefighters killed in fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire, was lowered into the ground at the Marana Mortuary Cemetery on July 10.
Arizona State Forestry has released a synopsis of events regarding the Yarnell Hill Fire, which began on Friday, June 28, 2013. The synopsis covers events of the first three days of the fire, including the first reports of the fire, initial attack operations, and the shelter deployment of the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew.
Garret Zuppiger, a University of Arizona graduate who grew up in the Phoenix area, was one of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots Crew firefighters killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire.
On Wednesday, William Warneke, one of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30, was flown from Prescott to Marana, where he received an honorary procession and funeral service.
One of the greatest things about living in a close-knit community is that when families fall on hardships, neighbors turn out to help those in need.
A pair of well-used work gloves still rest atop a bathroom sink in the Avra Valley home of firefighter William Warneke. Chunks of drywall are piled up in the bedroom corner. There are holes in the floor of the would-be master bathroom, covered only by flimsy cardboard.
Thousands of firefighters gather Tuesday in Prescott, Ariz., to pay their respects to the 19 members of the hotshot crew killed last week, even as hundreds more battle two blazes raging in Nevada and another that has broken out in Arizona.
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Members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots crew. 19 members of the crew were killed Sunday while battling the Yarnell Fire in Prescott.