Yarnell Hill Fire report to be released Saturday

Granite Mountain HotshotsThe Arizona State Forestry Division has announced that the Serious Accident Investigation report of the Yarnell Hill Fire fatalities is complete and will be released Saturday, September 28. It will be given to the families of the 19 firefighters that were killed before the public sees the document.

A press conference will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Ruth Street Theater at Prescott High School, 1050 Ruth Street, Prescott, AZ. Officials available to answer questions will include:

  • Scott Hunt, Arizona State Forester,
  • Jim Karels, Serious Accident Investigation Team Leader
  • Mike Dudley, Co-lead for Serious Accident Investigation Team
  • Chief Dan Fraijo, Fire Chief, Prescott Fire Department

The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health, a state version of federal OSHA, is also working on a report. It is required to be complete no later than six months after their investigation was announced, which would make it due no later than the first part of January, 2014.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.