19 Firefighters Have Reportedly Died Fighting An Arizona Wildfire

Tragic news out of Arizona

Nineteen firefighters were killed Sunday battling a blaze in Arizona, the state forestry division said.

The vast majority were from Prescott, said Wade Ward with the Prescott Fire Department.

State forestry official Art Morrison said the firefighters were members of a “hotshot” crew, tasked with digging a fire line and creating an escape route.

…The crew was fighting the Yarnell Hill fire, which broke out Friday northwest of Phoenix. The fire has grown to 1,000 acres, damaged three homes and forced the evacuations of residents in the communities of Peeples Valley and Yarnell, Morrison said. – CNN

Not sure what, if anything, to add here as it’s difficult to put all of this into words. Of course prayers go out to the families of these firefighters. Hopefully these fires can get put out soon without any more loss of life. But it just seems like these blazes get worse every year.

R.I.P. to the heroes in Arizona.