City of Prescott refuses to do the right thing

Yarnell Hill Fire, morning of June 30, 2013
Yarnell Hill Fire, morning of June 30, 2013. Photo by Joy Collura.

Paul Whitefield has written an editorial for the Los Angeles Times that criticizes the City of Prescott for giving full survivor benefits to the families of only 6 of the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots that died in the employ of the city while fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30.

Below is an excerpt, but you should read the entire well-written editorial.


“…As my Times colleague Cindy Carcamo writes:

It would cost the city an estimated $51 million over the next 60 years and would mean cuts to vital services to the people of Prescott, city spokesman Peter Wertheim said Thursday in a statement.

If the city were to make a one-time lump-sum payment of $24 million, it would be three times the entire budget of the Prescott Fire Department.

Excuse me, but when exactly did Prescott, Ariz., turn into Bangladesh? Brave young men die doing dangerous work protecting public and private property, and Prescott can’t “afford” to take care of their survivors? If that’s the case, then I’d say Prescott can’t “afford” to send such folks out to fight fires either.

And about that affordability explanation: If you’re so inclined, you can visit the city’s website and check out its financial position. For 2014, the city says it has about $230 million available; it’s budgeted about $173 million for expenditures. Hmmm. Is it just me, or does it appear the city could cough up a few bucks for some widows and their kids?”


More information about this issue is in an article we published on August 15, 2013.


Thanks go out to Dick

Doce Fire — west of Prescott

(UPDATE at 2:20 p.m. MDT, June 19, 2013)

Map of Doce Fire at 11 p.m. MDT, June 18, 2013
Map of Doce Fire at 11 p.m. MDT, June 18, 2013. (click to enlarge)

The map of the Doce Fire above shows the perimeter (in red) at 11 p.m. MDT Tuesday night.

More information is at Facebook and the very unreliable InciWeb.


(UPDATE at 9:15 a.m. MDT, June 19, 2013)

The Arizona Emergency Information Network (AZEIN) reports that the Doce Fire has burned 7,000 acres and is zero percent contained.

Below is evacuation information from the AZEIN. For the most current evacuation information, check their site.

Evacuated: Granite Basin Homes, Sundown Acres, Old Stage Acres, south half of Mint Creek, and American Ranch.

On notice for potential evacuation: neighborhoods in Williamson Valley

(There is an evacuation center at Yavapai College. Livestock should be taken to the Prescott Rodeo Grounds)

The AZEIN reported at 7:38 a.m. Wednesday:

The fire was active overnight on the northeast corner by the Williamson Valley Corridor and on the southwest corner by Granite Mountain Wilderness. No structures have been lost and no injuries have occurred.

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