Remembering Yarnell: Community continues to grow from ashes of Yarnell Hill Fire

YARNELL, AZ - From the minute you drive into Yarnell you’re reminded of what the community has been through.

You can’t see damage from the fire on the main stretch of road, but you will find tributes to the 19 firefighters who lost their lives fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire.

“People talk about before the fire, after the fire. That’s going to be the threshold here,” said resident Janet Howe.

It’s a bookmark in time, marking the moment this town changed forever.

Talk to anyone in town and you’ll see they're torn.

“I would say the emotional fluctuations are unbelievable. Whether it’s unbelievable gratitude, joy,” said Howe.

They want to celebrate their community’s rebirth, saying goodbye to the old and hello to the new.

But it’s hard, knowing the damage wasn’t greater and that more lives weren’t lost is because of the ultimate sacrifice of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots.

“We owe those guys so much. They will never be forgotten in our lives,” said resident Carol Ryan.

 

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