We are regulars at the Nevada City Fire Department pancake breakfast and spaghetti dinner fundraisers, as well as ones at the Meeks Bay Fire Protection District on Tahoe’s West Shore. We want to show our support whenever we can. Most important, we are big advocates of defensible space, because we know it could save a firefighter’s life, not just protect our home. Just last week, I was telling our son about the local “49′er” fire as we were driving around that area of the county. We remain aware of the risks of wildland fires and firefighting, because this is what can happen. God bless the families of these people:
“Nineteen firefighters with the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew — an elite wildland firefighting unit sponsored by the Prescott Fire Department and its chief, Fraijo — died near Yarnell, Ariz., on Sunday in the worst wildland firefighting loss in the U.S. since 1933,” as the L.A. Times is reporting.
“‘Emotionally? We’re devastated,’ Fraijo said at a news conference late Sunday. ‘We just lost 19 of some of the finest people you’re ever going to meet. Right now we’re in crisis. … Truly, we’re going through a terrible crisis right now.’
“The men went missing as the evacuated town of Yarnell was ravaged by the blaze, fanned by winds sometimes exceeding 40 mph and temperatures approaching 100 degrees. One official estimated that 200 structures had been lost.”
The rest of the article is here.
“‘This is as dark a day as I can remember,’ Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said in a statement. ‘It may be days or longer before an investigation reveals how this tragedy occurred, but the essence we already know in our hearts: Fighting fires is dangerous work.’”