June 30

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Yesterday my wife and I drove to Yarnell and hiked the 3-3/4 mile (6km) trail leading to where 19 wildland firefighters of the Granite Mountain IHC (Interagency Hotshot Crew) died at 4:42pm June 30, 2013.

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After paying our respects, we made the return 3-3/4 mile (6k) trip back out to the trailhead and went to the nearby church where, starting at 4:42pm, each of the 19 firefighters’ names were said aloud.  After each name was spoken, a brass bell was struck.

 

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June 30, 2013 4:42pm

Today at 4:42pm in 2013 was when 19 wildland fire fighters, all members of a team called the  Granite Mountain Hotshots, died while fighting a wildland fire near the small Arizona town of Yarnell.

Just in case someone might think otherwise, “hotshot” is an official term for a type of wildland fire fighting crew.  See  here for a US Forest Service description of a hotshot crew.