Yarnell Hill Fire

Emergency fire shelters used by wildland firefighters may soon become more effective by using NASA technology. Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports they’ll be made with similar heat-resistant materials used to enter the Martian atmosphere.


Tenderfoot Fire Updates

Jun 13, 2016
BLM Phoenix District

UPDATE, 6/13/16, 7 a.m.:

Residents of Yarnell and Peeples Valley have been allowed to return to their homes as crews make progress containing the Tenderfoot Fire. No other evacuation orders are in place and officials do not anticipate further orders. 

The producers behind a movie about the elite firefighting team that lost 19 members in a 2013 Arizona wildfire assure the story focuses on the firefighters' dedication, not the way in which they died.

The Arizona Republic reports that "Granite Mountain" is slated to start production Monday with a cast that includes Josh Brolin and Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly.

Most of the movie will be filming in and around Santa Fe, New Mexico, due in part to the Arizona heat.

Prescott has approved survivor benefits for another widow of a wildland firefighter who died three years ago.

The city's Public Safety Retirement Board reviewed and approved survivor benefits claim made by Marsena Thurston. She's the widow of Granite Mountain Hotshot Joe Thurston.

The 32-year-old Thurston was among 19 firefighters who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30, 2013.

The elite Granite Mountain Hotshots were trained to confront wildfires head-on and prevent their spread.

David KadlubowskI/The Arizona Republic

  Families of 19 fallen firefighters in north-central Arizona say they haven't seen money raised in their name by a Phoenix nonprofit organization.

The Arizona Republic reports that Prescott Firefighter Charities now is asking the Arizona Foundation for Charitable Support to stop using the Granite Mountain Hotshots' logo.

The foundation hasn't distributed funds from a 2014 golf tournament held in Prescott and a similar event held at a Scottsdale course last month.

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