YARNELL, AZ (CBS5) –
Nineteen firefighters were killed in a fast-moving wildfire in the central Arizona town of Yarnell late Sunday afternoon, said the incident command post.
Eighteen of the victims were from the Prescott Granite Mountain Hotshots, fire officials said. It’s not known where the other victim was based.
One surviving firefighter from the team was reportedly rushed to Maricopa County Medical Center with burns over 70 percent of his body, but a spokesman at the hospital said no firefighter from Yarnell had been admitted.
“We’re an organization and city that’s in grief,” Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo said at a news briefing Sunday night.
“Every precaution is always taken,” Fraijo said. “The trouble is sometimes it’s such an erratic situation. When you have that much fuel, in those dry conditions, it becomes very unpredictable.”