Tragic fire

Vaun Natalroman, Staff Reporter

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A tragic event in the United states was the great fire of 1910. It resulted in a large number professional wildfire FireFighter fatalities, and the second greatest casualty was the  2013 Yarnell Hill Fire.The Fire started on Friday,June 28 in Yarnell, Arizona due to a Lightning Strike. The Fire lasted all the way through the rest of the month and some while ending on July 10.On 1910 dozens of  Firefighters died ,and 19 died from the Hill fire. While 19 Doesn’t sound like a lot one surviving member lived with guilt that he wasn’t there to be with his crew.


What started as a small wildfire by the cause ended up burning little over a 100 acres that same evening. By then a couple hundred firefighters showed up to the scene and one of them were the Granite Mountain HotShots. The GMHS were a group of highly-trained, Highly fit firefighters that took on and stopped many fires,but the one that ended the crew was the Yarnell Hill fire. Many families related to the Firefighters by the idea that they lost brother uncles, husbands, but there KIDS were most affected the kids would never grow up with their father’s to guide them through the harsh realities of the world.


The bodies of the 19 killed were never found. They died due to a fire breach in their shelter nicknamed the ‘Shake-and-Bake’ a shelter layered with aluminum, silica, and Fiberglass able to withstand up to 500 degrees but once that limit is reached the glue holding the material together melts off and the shelter is breached. The firefighters fighted to protect a town in the heart of the terrain that is greatly affected by fire. When they died they were about a mile away from the outskirts of Yarnell.


During the event of the fire 21-year old Brendan Mcdonough was on a ridge top overlooking the oncoming fire, it was standard procedure for each hotshot crew to have a look out and Mcdonough was selected. When he saw the fire greatly increasing that Mcdonough retreated to his trigger point , a spot where a hotshot member will retreat under geographic conditions. It wasn’t until Mcdonough reached his safety oint where he looked out and saw the area of the fire, everything was gone. At 4:47 P.M. a medic on a helicopter reporting to the area of Brendan’s crew had counted 19 shelters, and 19 bodies all reported deceased.


After the fire Mcdonough spent the next year visiting memorials, giving speeches, and raising money for wildland firefighting.In a interview by the Los Angeles time with the lone survivor Brendan talked about how others used the traumatic event to their advantage. “ It’s one thing to honor men. But there’s other people, a very few people, taking advantage of what it is , taking grief and trauma that’s not there own. They’ve attached themselves, Leeched on to my brother’s legacy.” To learn more about MCdonough’s life after the fire go to the Los Angeles Times website:

   Interview with Brendan Mcdonough:  

When I first ever heard about this which was recently I was sad to realize that so many firefighters had died without being recognized for what they risked, and giving their lives. We give a salute to all those that have died or suffered family loss. They are not recognized for their bravery and risk.

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17 Responses to “Tragic fire”

  1. Tyler cabe on March 26th, 2018 12:16 pm

    I want to give thanks for all of our firefighters, they’re not just people to us, we should remember them as heros. Thank you Fire fighters

  2. jazmyn chavez on March 26th, 2018 12:24 pm

    i liked how you gave a lot of details about the fire and how you explained it.

  3. Jaydon Bailey on March 26th, 2018 12:25 pm

    Sad Story

  4. Cialis on April 3rd, 2018 5:58 pm

    Thanks Jodee. The warm temps have brought out lizards in the high desert of Yarnell too. #8511 for you.

  5. mahina on April 5th, 2018 5:28 am

    Thanks for sharing. These are all great ideas!!

  6. Desiree Villanueva on April 5th, 2018 10:04 am

    i love all the detail you gave about the firefighters and this is so sad

  7. Ashleigh on April 5th, 2018 10:30 am

    I think this is such a good topic to write about. since this happened about five years ago people have forgotten about it but its nice to honor the memory of the fallen.

  8. Gabriel Holzwarth on April 5th, 2018 10:54 am

    very sad rip

  9. Melayna Dunbar on April 5th, 2018 10:59 am

    you have many details and information and explained it very well!!

  10. jacob coppage on April 5th, 2018 11:06 am

    You did well on giving important information, i also like the way you structured the paragraphs.

  11. Jason Dobbins on April 5th, 2018 12:44 pm

    I love the fact you took time to explain everything in detail.

  12. David Staton on April 5th, 2018 12:48 pm

    This is so sad but I love all the numbers in this article.

  13. Reese Christenson on April 5th, 2018 12:52 pm

    So tragic but great story

  14. bre johnson on April 5th, 2018 2:39 pm

    This article is very sad, yet true. Provides great facts. love it.

  15. Nicolas Dziewit on April 5th, 2018 2:41 pm

    I liked how many details you put in this article and how you explained what happened

  16. Hope Carl on April 6th, 2018 10:01 am

    I like how you gave specific times and dates about when the fire happened and who died and where it all took place. Very descriptive, Good job!

  17. JENNA on April 6th, 2018 2:44 pm

    I like how you explained very well. Great story!

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