News Update!!: Yarnell, AZ: Latest information regarding Yarnell Hill Fire.
** Updated at 10:30pm PT on Monday, July 8th, 2013: **
Here is the latest information regarding the Yarnell Hill Fire near Yarnell, Arizona.
The wildfire was burning 30 miles southwest of Prescott, Arizona near of Highway 89.
The wildfire had burned at least 8,400 acres and was at 90 percent contained.
Residents of Yarnell began returning to their homes about 9:00am MST on Monday, July 8th, 2013.
All residents who were displaced by the Yarnell Hill Fire are cleared to return to the community as of today at 9:00am MST.
Identification with a physical address (not a P. O. Box) is required. Each adult in the vehicle will need to present identification to gain access to the area. Acceptable identification includes an Arizona drivers license or ID card with the physical address, a utility or phone bill with physical address, or a vehicle insurance or registration card.
An Individual Assistance Service Center (for those affected by the fire) will be open beginning Monday, July 8th, 2013 at 9:00am at both the Yarnell Community Center and the Presbyterian Church.
Evacuees are encouraged to contact the Yavapai County Emergency Operations Center at: 1 (928) 427-6475 for details on reentry including support and possible hazards.
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office established checkpoints for displaced residents at the north and south town boundaries for Yarnell, Arizona.
From the south, the checkpoint just outside of Congress, Arizona will remain intact as the first contact evacuees will have before reaching Yarnell, Arizona.
Highway 89 through the town of Yarnell, Arizona was expected to be open to the public at 6:00am MST on Wednesday, July 10th, 2013.
Access to residential areas west of the town is restricted to residents only.
An announcement will be made when these neighborhood areas are open to everyone.
The wildfire was started by lightning on Friday, June 28th, 2013.
Nearly 213 fire personnel are fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire near Prescott, Arizona.
Firefighter continue to mop up hot areas within the Arizona communities of Yarnell and Glen Ilah.
The 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighters were killed a week ago well they were fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire which was sparked by lightning on Friday, June 28th, 2013 in Yarnell, Arizona.
5 of 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighters killed last Sunday were from Southern California.
Kevin Woyjeck was the son of Los Angeles County Fire Captain Joe Woyjeck and was a former Los Angeles County Fire Department Explorer and worked as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for Care Ambulance Service.
Chris MacKenzie and Billy Warneke were both originally from Hemet, California.
Grant McKee grew up in Costa Mesa, California and attended Newport Harbor High School before moving to Arizona to become a Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighters.
Grant McKee’s cousin, Robert Caldwell was also killed in the wildfire.
Andrew Ashcraft had lived in Orange, California and Garden Grove, California and leaves behind a wife and 4 young children.
The City of Prescott, Arizona released on Tuesday 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
A fireman who belonged to the 20 person team survived because he was moving the crew’s truck.
According to the Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo, all 19 were from the Prescott Fire Department’s Granite Mountain Hotshot crew.
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.
In a separate Wednesday afternoon news conference, fire department officials introduced the team handling the investigation into the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighters’ deaths.
The investigation will take 2 to 3 months and the investigation team will recreate the incident from beginning to end.
A memorial service for all 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighters killed while battling the Yarnell Hill Fire is scheduled for 11:00am MST on Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 at Tim’s Toyota Center located at 3201 North Main Street in Prescott Valley, Arizona.
Many peoples including fellow firefighters, the firefighters’ family members, city and state representatives, government officials, complete strangers, and residents from across Arizona and the nation are reportedly will be at the memorial service.
United States Vice President Joe Biden and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer are all expected to pay their respects to the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighters.
Many television affiliates will have live coverage of the memorial service for the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighters.
ZachNews will have news coverage of the memorial service for all 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighters.
** ZachNews send our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the families and friends of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighters. **