Yarnell, AZ: Wildfire in Yarnell, Arizona killed 19 firefighters.
An out of control wildfire in Yarnell, Arizona killed 19 firefighters will fighting the wildfire.
At least 3 of the 19 firefighters were formerly from Southern California which includes 21 year old Kevin Woyjeck of Seal Beach, California, and 25 year old Billy Warneke and 30 year old Chris MacKenizieo who both grew up in the Hemet, California area.
Families, friends, firefighters, law enforcement officers, community and state leaders, and the community are mourned the loss of these hard working and caring firefigthers at a vigil today in Prescott, Arizona well many people dropping off flowers, cards with messages of support and prayers, and hanging United States of Anerica flags.
Kevin Woyjeck’s friends and family mourned the loss as a flag flew at half staff in front of a fire station in Seal Beach, California.
Kevin Woyjeck was a seasonal firefighter in Prescott, Arizona and was previously an explorer with Los Angeles County Fire Department.
The bodies of 19 members of the elite firefighting crew have been retrieved from the mountain where they died.
According to the Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo, all 19 were from the Prescott Fire Department’s Granite Mountain Hot Shot Crew.
Authorities earlier said one of the men wasn’t a crew member.
The City of Prescott, Arizona released the names of the fallen firefighters on Monday who put their lives on the line to save others and their community:
– 29 year old Andrew Ashcraft
– 23 year old Robert Caldwell
– 31 year old Travis Carter
– 24 year old Dustin Deford
– 30 year old Christopher MacKenzie
– 43 year old Eric Marsh
– 21 year old Grant McKee
– 26 year old Sean Misner
– 28 year old Scott Norris
– 22 year old Wade Parker
– 24 year old John Percin
– 23 year old Anthony Rose
– 36 year old Jesse Steed
– 32 year old Joe Thurston
– 27 year old Travis Turbyfill
– 25 year old William Warneke
– 28 year old Clayton Whitted
– 21 year old Kevin Woyjeck
– 27 year old Garret Zuppiger
One man who belonged to the 20-person team survived because he was moving the crew’s truck.
The blaze, which erupted Friday with a lightning strike, has grown to 8,000 acres with zero percent contained.
More than 200 firefighters are working to contain the wildfire. Fire managers said a top-level management team and another four Hotshot crews were on the way Monday. They typically have 20 members each.
According to Arizona State Forestry Division Spokesman Mike Reichling, at least 19 fire shelters were deployed, and some of the firefighters were found inside them, while others were outside the shelters.
United States President Barack Obama said in a statement. “Michelle and I join all Americans in sending our thoughts and prayers to the families of these brave firefighters and all whose lives have been upended by this terrible tragedy.”
Authorities ordered the immediat evacuations of 50 homes in the Arizona communities of Buckhorn, Model Creek, and DoubleABar Ranch on Sunday.
The blaze destroyed an estimated 200 homes in the small town. The wildfire had also forced the closure of State Route 38.