Arizona wildfires: History of firefighter fatalities

Officials currently coordinating the battle against a devastating and deadly wildfire near Yarnell have said this is the worst wildfire to hit the state.

The Yarnell Hill Fire has claimed the lives of 19 members of a responding hotshot crew, the first responders to a wildfire.

According to the National Interagency Fire Center , there have only been 21 wildfire-related deaths reported since 1955. Then, the worst of it occurred in 1990 where six people were killed at the Tonto National Forest.

According to FEMA , 83 on-duty firefighters were killed in 2012, and in the previous year, 2011. The deaths spanned across 34 states with Pennsylvania and North Carolina leading with nine deaths each.

Arizona Wildland Fire Fatalities

1955 - Prescott - 1 death
1967 - Apache National Forest - 1 death
1968 - Colorado National Forest - 1 death
1989 - Tonto National Forest - 1 death
1990 - Tonto National Forest - 6 deaths
1996 - Globe - 1 death
1997 - San Carlos - 2 deaths
2003 - Aspen Risge - 2 deaths
2004 - Safford - 1 death
2006 - Gila Bend - 1 death
2008 - 1 death
2008 - Havasau Wildlife Refuge - 1 death
2011 - Fort Apache - 1 death
 

 

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