The Granite Mountain Hotshots first realized they were in trouble, and they tried to get aircraft to move in and drop water or retardant near them to save their lives. Nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, part of the Prescott Fire Department, lost their lives Sunday, June 30, 2013 while fighting the 2,000-acre Yarnell Hill fire that ignited south of Prescott, Arizona.
“Breaking in on Arizona 16, Granite Mountain Hotshots, we are in front of the flaming front.”
Bravo 33 to Operations are you copying that on [unintelligible]
Air attack, how do you read me.
Granite Mountain – Air Attack … how do you copy me!
Operations Bravo 33 I was copying that. Traffic on air-ground.
OK I was copying a little bit of that conversation on air-to-ground … we’ll do the best we can, we got the Type I helicopters ordered back in. Ah we’ll see what we can do.
Bravo 33 to operations on air-to-ground.
Operations – Bravo 33
“Air Attack, Granite Mountain 7!”
[AUDIO WITNESS] This ain’t good.
“Okay.. unit that’s hollerin’ in the radio, I need you to quit, and.. break, Operations Bravo 33.”
OK Granite Mountain 7 sounds like they got some trouble… go ahead and let’s try to get you on the radio and let’s see what we got going on.
OK copy that … I’ll get with Granite Mountain 7.
Bravo 33 Division [inintelligible]
Division Alpha Bravo 33
“Yeah, I’m here with Granite Mountain Hotshots, our escape route has been cut off. We are preparing a deployment site and we are burning out around ourselves in the brush and I’ll give you a call when we are under the shelters.”
OK so you’re on the south side of the fire, then?
We’re gonna bring you the [unintelligible], OK?
Granite Mountain Hotshots last video by Christopher MacKenzie. Granite Mountain Hotshot Christopher MacKenzie shot these last two video clips shortly after 4:00 p.m. on June 30, 2013. These are the last images of the hotshots before they tragically died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire at approximately 4:50 p.m.
Unedited video clearly showing high wind conditions and other firefighters as they become aware of the trouble.
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