They were doing a heroic job, and they paid the ultimate sacrifice- 19 Arizona fighters have died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire, the deadliest wildfire involving firefighters in the U.S. in at least three decades. The 19 men killed in the blaze were with the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew out of Prescott - an elite team established in 2002 with experience fighting major fires in Arizona and New Mexico. The fast-moving fire had grown to over 8,300 acres Monday morning, according to Incident Commander Mike Reichling. Reichling said of the 500 structures in Yarnell, including homes, businesses and sheds, half of them have been destroyed in the fire. The wildfire is 0 percent contained. This time-lapse footage of the fire shows just how quickly the blaze grew. The 17-second video was captured over a 20 minute period.
Yarnell Hill Fire from Congress, AZ from Matt Oss on Vimeo.