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Yarnell query to prompt firefighting discussion

3:26 PM, Sep 29, 2013   |    comments
Phoenix police honor guard members Eric Miller, left, and Daniel Durazo, right, salute the procession of vans carrying 19 firefighters killed at the Yarnell Hill Fire as they drive into the parking garage of the Maricopa County Medical Examiner in downtown Phoenix on Monday, July 1, 2013.
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PHOENIX (AP) - Investigators have painstakingly spelled out nearly every known detail of the circumstances that led up to the June deaths of 19 Arizona firefighters.

But now, family members, wildfire experts and politicians are scrambling to cull lessons from the deaths of the Granite Mountain Hotshots so another tragedy might be prevented.

Experts said Sunday the three-month investigation outlines a series of missteps by the crew and commanders on the Yarnell Hill Fire, but it fails to list specific causes for the deaths.

Without specifics, retired wildland firefighter Bill Grabbert says it's difficult to learn lessons.

Retired U.S. Forest Service safety official and consultant Dick Magnan says the report does pose questions that will get firefighters and commanders thinking about safety and how decisions are made in the heat of a battling a blaze.


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