$229,000 donated to Granite Mountain Hotshots memorial

Posted at 6:18 AM, Jun 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-23 11:37:08-04

A utility has donated $229,000 to a memorial honoring the Granite Mountain Hotshots.  

The contribution from Arizona Public Service will be used for construction costs at Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park and plaques honoring the 19 firefighters who were killed while battling a June 2013 wildfire in Yarnell.   

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State officials say the donation will help complete the work needed to open the park.

The firefighters died when winds shifted during the Yarnell Hill Fire and trapped them in a brush-choked canyon.

The park will be the first in the Arizona State Parks system that is a memorial to people who died.