2013 Yarnell tragedy renewed as new fire sparks

Posted at 7:57 PM, Jun 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-09 01:57:19-04

On Wednesday, a wildfire sparked near the town of Yarnell.

If you've been in the state since 2013, news of a wildfire near Yarnell immediately brings up the heart wrenching tragedy of 19 Granite Mountain Hot Shots who lost their lives bravely trying to save their town from another large wildfire.

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The Yarnell Hill Fire burned 8,900 acres and 100 structures before it was contained.

One hot shot survived, Brandon McDonough. He has since written a book about his experience.

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The tragedy was the deadliest firefighter incident since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

In the immediate aftermath of the news, the communities across the state came together to support a small town, its residents, the victims' families and their friends.

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Wednesday's fire sparked south of Yarnell and just north of Congress. At the latest check, it was at 400 acres and growing.

The cause of the fire remains unknown and nearly 85 personnel are on scene.