Hikers remember the Granite Mountain Hotshots

PRESCOTT, AZ - Two Arizona hikers may be the last people to see the Granite Mountain Hotshots before a massive wildfire claimed their lives.

Joy Collura and Sonny Gilligan have spent more than a decade hiking the boulders in Yarnell.

On the morning of June 30, 2013, the two took their usual hike, curious about the lightning fire that started just two days before.

"I had friends that were worried about the fire, we came up to see the fire line and to see where it was headed," said Collura.

Collura and Gilligan hiked more than 20 miles that day. It was the first day the Granite Mountain Hotshots were deployed to battle the Yarnell Hill Fire. The hikers passed the 19 hotshots three times that day.

"At 8:08, I saw Eric Marsh. He was very polite and pleasant. I told him where we were headed. Later, he asked us to leave the area because we didn't have the right gear for the retardant that was about to be dropped." said Collura.

That was the last time they saw the men. "I can't even think about it. It's too hard to think about," said Gilligan.

Collura says she has video and pictures of the men. She's handing those pictures over to fire investigators who have scheduled a time to talk to her in the beginning of September.

The full report on firefighters' deaths is expected to be complete by mid-September.

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