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Monday, July 1, 2013

Yarnell Hill Fire and Prescott Firefighters

There's so much media attention on this story, but it's close to my home, so I feel the need to post about it. Please do what you can to help.

A fire started in Yarnell Hill this weekend (south of Prescott). ABC15 did a great job of distilling the facts, which I have copy/pasted below from their article with minor edits.

FIRE START DATE: June 28, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. 
LOCATION: West of State Route 89 between Yarnell and Peeples Valley.
SIZE: Approximately 8,400 acres (as of 15 minutes ago)
CAUSE: Lightning
RESOURCES: 18 engines, 18 fire crews, 8 support water tenders, 2 crash/rescue vehicles, 2 structure protection vehicles, and 4 bull-dozers. On order are more 20-person hotshot crews, type 2 hand crews and other firefighting personnel and equipment.
LOSS: An estimated 200 homes and other structures have burned in Yarnell.
FATALITIES: 19 - A fire crew had to deploy their fire shelters late Sunday afternoon after strong winds pushed the fire to their position and 19 firefighters died in the line of duty.
EVACUATIONS: Residents in the communities of Peeples Valley and Yarnell.

The same shelter used for the Doce Fire is still open at Yavapai College at 1100 E. Sheldon in Prescott, and a large animal shelter is still open at the Hidden Springs Ranch on Hwy 89, just southwest of Hayes Ranch Road. There is also a shelter open at Wickenburg High School. 

The Doce Fire is estimated to be up to 96% contained, but fire crews are still working there. With the heat wave this last weekend, it was up to 104 F by my house in Prescott Valley. 

The Prescott Firefighter's Charities is accepting donations for the families of the firefighters that were lost at Yarnell Hill. They have partnered with the United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association (UPFFA) and 100% of donations will go to the families. Donations are also being accepted at Chase Bank branches. The account number is 987218757. Questions re: these associations should be addressed to the UPFFA office at (602) 255-1500. 

The Daily Courier reports that the fire crews are working on the eastern flank of the fire to protect homes and structures close to the Yarnell Hill Fire. 

There has been an outpouring of grief and support throughout the nation, with flags lowered, mourning bands, and donations.    

The Yarnell Hill fire is not the only fire in Arizona - there is also a the Dean Peak Fire in Kingman that has led to evacuations in Pine Lake and Hualapai Mountain Park. American Red Cross - Grand Canyon Chapter has a reception and care center in Kingman for evacuees. They have also opened a cooling station at Kingman High School for snacks, water and coffee, so displaced residents can get out of the heat. The "Prison" fire in Tucson is still burning, is 5% contained, and has not threatened structures yet. 

Experts are saying that this could be one of the worst fire seasons on record

A summary of other charities for the Yarnell Hill Fire victims and firefighter families is below, modified from The Daily Courier:
  • 100 Club of Arizona: Providing families of fallen firefighters with a $15,000 line-of-duty death benefitPlease donate to the 100 Club Survivors Fund in memory of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, or call 602-485-0100 to donate.
  • United Way of Yavapai County: Opened an account at National Bank of Arizona for evacuees who have lost their homes and for the 19 families. Reference the Yarnell Fire Fund when making a donation at any National Bank of America branch. You can also donate through the United Way website, or by mail to UWYC, 634 Schemmer Drive, Suite 302, Prescott, AZ, 86305. 95% of donations will go to victims, with United Way working with the Prescott Fire Department and Yarnell to distribute donations.
  • Prescott Fire Department: Accepting donations via mail to 1700 Iron Springs Road, Prescott 86301. Write "Granite Mountain Hotshots Family" on the check.
  • The Hair Nail and Skin Institute (Prescott): Offering free haircuts, and hand/foot spa treatments to Yarnell Fire firefighters, law enforcement officers, other first responders, and evacuees  for the remainder of the year (with documentation). 
  • Prescott College: Opening its Village residence hall to fire evacuees as a temporary shelter. For more information, call Bill or Shar at 928-713-8915.
  • There are two events scheduled for Wednesday, July 3, 2014.
    • The Prescott Noon Lions Club: Holding an emergency food drive from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Albertsons on Sheldon and Marina streets, the Fry's supermarkets on Miller Valley and Willow Creek roads, the Safeway stores on White Spar and Willow Creek roads, and Costco on Highway 69.
    • Heritage Memory Mortuary: Holding chapel services for anyone wanting to meditate and remember the heroes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday. 
There is a Disaster Distress Helpline is a federal government service that offers 24-hour information, support, and counseling to anyone needing help with disasters such as the Arizona wildfires.

Disaster Distress Helpline

1-800-985-5990 or
Text TalkWithUs to 66746
TTY for Deaf/Hearing Impaired:

I'll be providing updates as they unfold, and Mighty Spouse and I are figuring out how best to help tonight. 

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