Yarnell Hill Fire: Granite Mountain Hotshots final moments captured on video

YARNELL, AZ - ABC15 News obtained video and audio of the final moments of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who lost their lives nearly six months ago.

Nineteen firefighters died fighting the fast-moving Yarnell Hill Fire, the deadliest wildfire involving firefighters in the U.S. for at least three decades.

We've transcribed the audio for you below.

Bravo 33: Have it on scene here we're gonna, gonna try and do what we can with that valley in the smoke where it's kinda tough on us but we'll, we'll give it a shot, break uh, Structure 1, Bravo 33 on air to ground.

Granite Mountain Hotshots: (Transmission very over modulated) Breaking in on Arizona 16, Granite Mountain Hotshots, we are in front of the flaming front.

Unseen firefighter on the road: We've got fire right over here now.

Operations: Bravo 33, Operations, you copying that on air to ground?

Granite Mountain Hotshots: (wind in the camera microphone) Air to ground 16, Granite Mountain, Air Attack, how do you read?

Operations: (Not sure of frequency, low volume, first part of the transmission cut off)

Unseen firefighters on the road: (Talking amongst themselves)

Firefighter: Is Granite still in there?

Firefighter: Well they're in a safety zone.

Firefighter: The black.

Operations: Granite Mountain, Operations on air to ground.

Granite Mountain 7: (Chainsaws can be heard in the background of the radio transmission) Air Attack, Granite Mountain 7, how do you copy me?

Unseen firefighters on the road: (Talking amongst themselves)

Firefighter: Is that Eric?

Firefighter: I heard Granite Mountain 7.

Firefighter: I hear saws running. That's not good.

Firefighter: Not when they are in a safety…

Bravo 33: Operations, Bravo 33, I was copying that traffic on air to ground.

Unseen firefighter on the road: (Talking amongst themselves) (a lot of wind in the camera microphone)

Firefighter: I heard Granite Mountain 7

Firefighter: Yea

Operations: 3, Operations on air to ground.

Bravo 33: Okay, I was copying a little bit of that, uh conversation uh, on air to ground. We're, we'll do the best we can. We got the type 1 helicopters ordered back in. Uh, we'll see what we can do.

Unseen firefighter on the road: (Talking amongst themselves) Holy…..

Operations: Bravo 33, Operations, on air to ground.

Bravo 33: Operations, Bravo 33.

Granite Mountain 7: Air Attack, Granite Mountain 7!

Unseen firefighters on the road: (Talking amongst themselves)

Firefighter: This ain't good.

Firefighter: No, he's screaming.

Bravo 33: Okay, uh, unit that's hollering in the radio, I need you to quit, and ah break, Operations, Bravo 33

Operations: Okay Granite Mountain 7 sounds like they got some trouble, uh, go ahead and get that, he's trying to get you on the radio, let's go ahead and see what we've got going on.

Bravo 33: Okay copy that, uh, I'll get with Granite Mountain 7 then.

Division Alpha: Bravo 33, Division Alpha with Granite Mountain.

Bravo 33: Okay uh Division Alpha, Bravo 33.

Unseen firefighter on the road: (Talking amongst themselves)

Firefighter: I can't tell.

Division Alpha: Yea, I'm here with Granite Mountain Hotshots, our escape route has been cut off. We are preparing a deployment site and we are burned out around ourselves in the brush and I'll give you a call when we are under the she, the shelters.

Bravo 33: Okay copy that. So you're on the south side of the fire then?

(Unseen firefighters on the road are also talking, mumbling) 

Division Alpha: Affirm!

Bravo 33: K, we're gonna bring you the VLAT okay.

Unseen firefighter on the road gets into vehicle and begins driving at 02:54.

Bravo 33: Division Alpha, Bravo 33 on air to ground.

(Radio squelch break on an unknown radio frequency. Cannot understand what is being transmitted.)

Bravo 33: Is that Division Alpha, Bravo 33 on air to ground.

Bravo 33: Division Alpha, Bravo 33 on air to ground.

Bravo 33: Okay, uh, we're working our way around there. We've got uh several aircraft coming to you. We'll see if we can't take care of business for you.

Unseen firefighter on the road: (Talking amongst themselves)

Firefighter: Make sure this guy…..

Bravo 33: Division Alpha, Bravo 33, I need you to pay attention and tell me when you hear the aircraft okay. Because it's gonna be a little tough for us to see ya.

(Radio squelch break on an unknown radio frequency. Cannot understand what is being transmitted.)

Bravo 33: Okay, uh

Bravo 33: Division Alpha, Bravo 33. Do you hear a helicopter?

(Radio squelch break on an unknown radio frequency. Cannot understand what is being transmitted.)

(Radio transmission from unknown frequency.)

Person: Two we are in Yarnell

Firefighter on the road: We need a, I need to clone a mobile so we can hear what's going on.

(Radio transmission from unknown frequency.)

Person: Copy, I'll be coming out to the road, it's by a mini storage right at the north end of town.

Person: Great, that's right where we're staged.

(Heavy radio traffic. Unknown radio frequencies. Transmissions from unknown resources.)

Firefighters on the road: (Talking amongst themselves) (Conversation isn't understandable. Heavy wind noise in the camera microphone.

Firefighters on the road: (Talking amongst themselves)

Firefighter: So they are, did they deploy? They say?

Firefighter: They said they'd let when they deployed.

Firefighter: You have you're radio on?

Firefighter: Yea.

(Radio transmission from unknown frequency.) (This radio conversation continues until 05:43 (16:38:58 hours))

Firefighter on the road: What tac is Jason on?

(Radio squelch break on an unknown radio frequency. Cannot understand what is being transmitted.)

(Radio transmission from unknown frequency.)

Person: Taskforce

(Radio transmission on air to ground from unknown resource)

Person: Bravo 33 on air to ground.

Bravo 33: Granite Mountain 7, Bravo 33 air to ground.

The Granite Mountain Hotshots never responded.

 

 

 

 

               

 

 

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