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September 29, 2013

Yarnell Fire Investigative Report

Filed under: Disaster,Preparedness and Response — by Philip J. Palin on September 29, 2013

On Saturday September 28 the Arizona State Forester released the Yarnell Hill Fire Serious Accident Investigation Report analyzing the circumstances leading to the June 30 entrapment and deaths of 19 firefighters of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew. The report and accompanying documents are available at:


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Comment by William R. Cumming

September 30, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

Does any federal agency have authority to investigate this event?

Comment by William R. Cumming

September 30, 2013 @ 9:28 pm

Apparently lack of GPS and GIS info cost these firefighters their lives. IMO this was an OSHA violation subject to criminal penalties.

Comment by William R. Cumming

September 30, 2013 @ 9:30 pm

The lack of adequate Self Contained Breathing Apparatus at the 9/11 WTC location for Fire Service personnel and law enforcement was never the subject of an adequate investigation.

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