New video released of deadly Yarnell Hill Fire

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- The Arizona State Forestry Division posted newly acquired video that was recorded the day the Granite Mountain Hotshots were killed while battling the Yarnell Hill Fire in 2013.

Firefighters can be heard expressing concern about getting everyone evacuated, and there's concern about homes that may burn to the ground.

Firefighters are also heard talking about the Granite Mountain crew.

At one point, they said it's been at least 30 minutes since they had heard from the crew.

"Come on Granite let's hear you talk here," said radio traffic.

Then firefighters can be seen in the video as they search for the Yarnell 19.

As they approach the crew’s location, they ask for a helicopter, and then confirm that they found the Granite Mountain Hotshots.

The Forestry Division obtained the video from the U.S. Forest Service through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Some footage was redacted by the Forest Service including footage that shows the bodies of the Granite Mountain crew.

Arizona State Forestry Division: Newly Acquired Yarnell Hill Video

Raw video: New video released of deadly Yarnell Hill Fire


Statement from Pat McGroder, attorney representing the families of the fallen hotshots in wrongful-death and benefit legal cases
“It is unfortunate that the U.S. Forestry Department and Arizona State Forestry Department neglected to give notice to the families beforehand – without any prior notification. Both unfortunate and insensitive in our minds.”

McGroder represents Roxanne Warneke and Juliann Ashcraft



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