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Arizona wildfire single deadliest incident for American firefighters since attack on World Trade Center

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THIS is shocking:

On Sunday evening, nineteen firefighters were killed when they were fighting a wildfire southwest of Prescott, AZ after winds shifted direction. This is the single deadliest incident for U.S. firefighters since the attacks of September 11th, 2001.

The 19 firefighters were part of the elite Granite Mountain Hotshots, a highly-trained, specialist crew founded in 2002 that had fought wildfires across Arizona and New Mexico in recent months. There were 20 members of the team, which is based in Prescott, AZ. Nineteen fire shelters — essentially tin-foil tents — were found deployed in the area where the firefighters were found. Authorities planned to release more details at 10 a.m. Monday morning.

A lightning strike set the fire in motion on Friday night, and has grown to encompass 2,000 acres as drought conditions and a record-breaking heat wave settled into the region.

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This weekend, the western United States has been grappling with a brutal, record-breaking heat wave which saw Phoenix, AZ hit 119 on Saturday. Much of the region was under heat advisory as the monsoons that often give respite at this time of year failed to do so.

Daytime temperatures in the region not expected to drop below 110 degrees until Friday.

Most of Arizona — and the rest of the Western U.S. — is experiencing at least severe drought. Earlier this month 900 firefighters battled two historic wildfires in New Mexico. Budget cuts due to sequestration at the national level were expected to leave the federal government $115 million short of normal firefighting capacity. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, whose department was trying to shift funds around from fire prevention to fire suppression efforts, said in May, “I hope we can get through this fire season without any fatalities.”

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11 Comments

  1. Brian Opsahl

    So juice,nuss and all those Union hating republicans …..just wondering how you feel when these guys die trying to do the mans work..tell me how overpaid they are again…?

  2. Brian: Don’t expect any responses from Juice or Snuss. They may read this blog from time to time, but both of them were long ago barred from commenting.

  3. Neftali

    Brian – Just shows how classless you are to try and turn this tragedy into a fight about unions.

  4. Brian Opsahl

    Pat, you are my new best friend…lol
    I wish more had the testys to stop these guys….un-like the guy next door.

    Nef, my opinions on this subject come’s from the many rotten things your guys write about Unions daily…and you yourself take every opportunity when fox flashes some made-up BS to blurt out the daily talking points…so as they say on the score….who you crappin..?

  5. Neftali

    Brian – I see you could care less about the firefighters that died. Typical of you.

  6. Brian Opsahl

    Nef,
    your assumtions are wrong as always. I have family memebers that work as firefighters. The lose of these fine men is a tragedy and as I was high lighting the danger they incure for what little pay they get.
    Your sad attempt to say what YOU think I was saying is sick nef,and down in the gutter you go. how typical of YOU..!!!!

  7. Neftali

    Little pay? They make about 75K a year…I think they are doing okay.

    http://government-pay.findthedata.org/l/360/Firefighters-Only

  8. Brian Opsahl

    Nef, 75 K for your life…?
    I make way more than that and I don’t save lives or risk mine …like they do.
    After 911 my views completly changed about that profession…also our Policemen..!!
    Plus my youngest Brother is a Patrolman…

  9. Neftali

    Contrary to popular belief, firefighters and policemen are not even in the top 10 of most dangerous professions.

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/10-of-the-most-dangerous-jobs-in-the-u-s–191643548.html

    Besides, it’s not the salaries that bust state and local budgets, it’s the exuberant pensions and medical benefits that are by far most costly. If they would contribute a percentage of their pay comparable to their benefits packages much of the gripe against unions would go away.

  10. Brian Opsahl

    BS nef,
    Again, answer me how much your life is worth…?
    Forestry is the most dangerious,followed by Iron workers….but that isn’t my point…nef
    How much would you care about there pension if it was your house about to burn down….how about they just don’t show up at your fire…since you don’t like giving them a fair living after risking there life to protect YOUR”S…

    Of course they would never do that….they are professionals…right

  11. Neftali

    Brian – That yahoo document references the annual report put out by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you have data that shows something to the contrary, please provide it.

    And the simple proven facts are that their profession is not as dangerous as you claim, and further, there are several professions where the risks is even greater, and yet the reward is less.

    But again, you missed my point. I don’t care about the amount of salaries or pensions, only their lack of adequate contributions to their pension and medical plans.

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