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Sunday, June 30, 2013

#YarnellHillFire Yarnell Hill Fire 8,400 acres Fire Looks Colder Some Rain Over Incident [New Perimeter Map Added] #AzFire

Yarnell Hill Wildfire Incident Information
AZ-A1S-Yarnell Hill
Approximate Location:  34.225 latitude, -112.791 longitude

Yarnell Hill Wildfire Perimeter, Hotspot and Location Map 7-1-13 p.m.
Yarnell Hill Wildfire Perimeter, Hotspot and Location Map 7-1-13 late p.m.
Yarnell Hill Wildfire Perimeter, Hotspot and Location Map 7-1-13 p.m.
Yarnell Hill Wildfire Perimeter, Hotspot and Location Map 7-1-13
LODD's Update: Nineteen firefighters who were battling a fire near Yarnell in Yavapai County were overrun by flames and deployed their shelters. They were later found dead in and around the shelters.

Eighteen of the dead in Arizona were from the Prescott Fire Department's elite Granite Mountain Hotshots team. Some resources were pulled from the line this afternoon following the tragedy involving the Granite Mtn Hotshots.

 Officials lost radio contact with the crew at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, said Steve Skurja, assistant spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. A helicopter crew spotted the bodies, he told The Times.
He said all of the firefighters had deployed their fire shelters -- an emergency measure when there is no escape.
“The fire was very aggressive. It just overtook them,” Skurja said.
Yarnell Hill Wildfire Perimeter , Hotspot and Location Map 6-30-2013
Yarnell Hill Wildfire Perimeter , Hotspot and Location Map 6-30-13


Yarnell Hill Wildfire Image from Inciweb
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/AZAZS/2013-06-30-0907-Yarnell-Hill-Fire/picts/2013_06_30-17.50.54.704-CDT.jpeg
Update 7-1-13 1300hrs:  8,374 acres Fuels Involved: Chaparral and grass Fire Behavior: Uphill runs with 15-20 ft flame lengths, extreme fire behavior with wind and slope alignment. Short and mid-range spotting. Movement is north and east at 1/2 mile/hour. 

Update 7-1-13 0800hrs:  8000 acres.The wildfire that sparked just southwest of Prescott after an apparent lightning strike grew from four acres to more than 6,000 acres Sunday, forcing the evacuation of several communities. It continued on its path Monday, surpassing 8,000 acres.
Reichling said of the 500 structures in Yarnell, including homes, business and sheds, half of them have been destroyed in the fire. No structures in Peeples Valley have been affected as of yet.
As of 8 a.m. on Monday there were 18 engines, 18 fire crews, 8 support water tenders, 2 crash/rescue vehicles, 2 structure protection vehicles, and 4 dozers. On order are more 20-person hotshot crews, type 2 hand crews and other firefighting personnel and equipment.
A Type 1 Incident Command Team will assume responsibility for the fire at or before 6 p.m. Monday.
Reichling said there were four planes working the fire. Fire crews are expected to be on scene for at least a week.

Update 2300hrs:  Nineteen firefighters who were battling a fire near Yarnell in Yavapai County were overrun by flames and deployed their shelters. They were later found dead in and around the shelters. Eighteen of the dead in Arizona were from the Prescott Fire Department's elite Granite Mountain Hotshots teamOne member of the Granite Mountain Hotshots survived, Prescott Fire spokesman Wade Ward said.
That crew member was reportedly working in another location and was serving as a lookout for the Granite Mountain team.
The crew killed in the massive blaze had worked other wildfires in recent weeks in New Mexico and Arizona. The unit was established in 2002.

Update 1800hrs: 1300 acres, 250 homes reported lost, significant wind shift with very gusty wind conditions, low RH and high temps in the last few hours. growing fire in Yarnell forced about 600 residents from their homes and is at nearly 1000 acres with zero containment.

Update 1600hrs: Prescott Fire Department has confirmed 19 firefighters have died while battling the Yarnell Hill fire Sunday night
They're part of the Prescott Granite Mountain Hot Shots. 
http://www.cityofprescott.net/services/fire/hotshots/

Evacuations: The towns of Yarnell and Peeples Valley are being evacuated. A reverse 911 call has been sent and the Sheriff's Office is going door-to-door to alert residents.  A reverse 911 call has been sent and the Sheriff's Office is going door-to-door to alert residents. 
A large animal shelter is being set up at the Hidden Springs Ranch on Hwy 89 SW of Hayes Ranch Road. A people and small animal shelter is being opened at Yavapai College at 1100 E. Sheldon in Prescott. Yavapai County
Road Closures: heriff's Office has established three road block areas: junction of Hwy 89 and Hayes Ranch Road; Hayes Ranch Road and Sickles Ranch Road; and Buckhorn Road and Frontier Road. 

Basic Information
The Yarnell Hill fire started on 6/28 and is now 800-1000 acres. 

Hall's Type 2 team assumed command of the fire at 1000 hrs today. A type 1 incident management team has been ordered. Firefighters are working to secure the eastern flank of the fire and protect any homes at risk from the evacuated areas. 

Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Friday June 28th, 2013 approx. 05:36 PM 
Location 1.5 miles west of Yarnell, AZ. 
Incident Commander Hall 
Current Situation Total Personnel 250 Size 800 acres
Fuels Involved - Chaparral and grass 
Fire Behavior - Uphill runs with 15-20 ft flame lengths, extreme fire behavior with wind and slope alignment. Short and mid-range spotting. Movement is north and east at 1/2 mile/hour. Significant Events The towns of Yarnell and Peeples Valley are being evacuated at this time. 
Outlook Planned Actions - Establish structure protection in Yarnell area. Continue direct attack along eastern flank of fire. 
Growth Potential - High 
Terrain Difficulty 
Resources: Type 2 incident management team, 16 engines, 8 support water tenders, 2 crash/rescue vehicles, 2 structure protection vehicles, 1 dozer, 1 hotshot crew (+4 on order), 7 type 2 handcrews, 1 camp crew, 4 type 2IA on order, 1VLAT (+1 on order), 1 air attack 4 SEATs, 6 helicopters, misc. overhead 
Current Weather - Wind Conditions 26-41 mph NE Temperature 95 degrees Humidity 17%
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