Slide Fire: Hotshots work with safety, Yarnell tragedy in mind - WECT TV6-WECT.com:News, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

Slide Fire: Hotshots work with safety, Yarnell tragedy in mind

19 hotshots sacrificed their lives on Yarnell Hill last June 19 hotshots sacrificed their lives on Yarnell Hill last June
Yarnell Hill Fire - June 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire - June 2013
Slide Fire - May 2014 Slide Fire - May 2014
OAK CREEK, AZ (CBS5) -

The Blue Ridge Hotshots clear a line above the canyon rim and ahead of the Slide Fire along Route 89A, the battlefront against the blaze.

The Southwest Incident Management Team strategically placed crews ahead of the fire to save property and lives. Brienne Magee said the crews are keeping their distance from the fire edge.

"Fire safety has always been our number one priority, this year, it continues to be our number one priority," Magee said.

With the Slide Fire in front of them, hotshot crews still have last year's tragedy at Yarnell Hill on their minds. Nineteen firefighters with the Granite Mountain Hotshots died saving homes last June.

Blue Ridge Hotshot, True Brown was emotional and speechless when asked about the Granite Mountain Hotshots nearly one year after their sacrifices.

"I'm going to pass on that question," Brown said.

Brown and his crew are based just 32 miles away from the Slide Fire in Happy Jack, Ariz.

In the past, the Blue Ridge Hotshots worked alongside the Granite Mountain Hotshots. Since the tragedy, Granite Mountain Hotshot positions have been left vacant by the City of Prescott. City officials are still mulling over the possibility of re-filling those positions.

On the front lines of the wildfires today, officials said hotshot crews now have a heightened awareness of safety.

"We're making sure that every single person understands what's at risk, what could happen and have a plan in place," Magee said. "We make sure every boy and girl goes home safely."

Safety measures at the Slide Fire include a large gap between the active wildfire and burnout areas actively worked by hotshot crews. Also, lookouts are carefully monitoring fire and weather conditions and notifying command of any changes or potential changes on the ground.

For more on this story and other stories around Arizona from this author, follow Shawn Kline on Facebook and Twitter. 

Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. 

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy

    Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 6:00 AM EDT2018-06-19 10:00:39 GMT
    Tuesday, June 19 2018 7:53 AM EDT2018-06-19 11:53:12 GMT
    (Susan Lawrence via AP). In this undated photo, provided by family member Susan Lawrence on Wednesday, twin brothers Julius Pieper, left, and Ludwig Pieper in their U.S. Navy uniforms.(Susan Lawrence via AP). In this undated photo, provided by family member Susan Lawrence on Wednesday, twin brothers Julius Pieper, left, and Ludwig Pieper in their U.S. Navy uniforms.
    (Susan Lawrence via AP). In this undated photo, provided by family member Susan Lawrence on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, twin brothers Julius Pieper, left, and Ludwig Pieper in their U.S. Navy uniforms. For decades, he had a number for a name, Unknown X-9...(Susan Lawrence via AP). In this undated photo, provided by family member Susan Lawrence on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, twin brothers Julius Pieper, left, and Ludwig Pieper in their U.S. Navy uniforms. For decades, he had a number for a name, Unknown X-9...

    For decades, he was known only as Unknown X-9352 at a World War II American cemetery in Belgium where he was interred.

    More >>

    For decades, he was known only as Unknown X-9352 at a World War II American cemetery in Belgium where he was interred.

    More >>
  • Hundreds of United Methodist clergy bring church charges against Jeff Sessions

    Hundreds of United Methodist clergy bring church charges against Jeff Sessions

    Monday, June 18 2018 8:41 PM EDT2018-06-19 00:41:45 GMT

    In a statement Monday, Bishop David Graves of the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church said it's deeply troubling "that innocent immigrant children are being separated from their parents."

    More >>

    In a statement Monday, Bishop David Graves of the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church said it's deeply troubling "that innocent immigrant children are being separated from their parents."

    More >>
  • 'Papa! Papa!' Audio of children stokes rage over separation

    'Papa! Papa!' Audio of children stokes rage over separation

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 1:20 AM EDT2018-06-19 05:20:32 GMT
    Tuesday, June 19 2018 8:02 AM EDT2018-06-19 12:02:20 GMT
    (U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP). In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a U.S. Border Patrol agent watches as people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the...(U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP). In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a U.S. Border Patrol agent watches as people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the...
    An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking cries of small Spanish-speaking children being processed by U.S. officials stoked the uproar over the policy of separating immigrant children from their...More >>
    An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking cries of small Spanish-speaking children being processed by U.S. officials stoked the uproar over the policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.More >>
Powered by Frankly