Yarnell Hill Fire Tragedy, Stand Down for Wildland Fire Crews In Order

Update: California Fire Service Coalition Safety Stand Down Letter for July 3, 2013. More details here.

In addition to the traditional Stand Down for a moment of silence for the Fallen and general department safety reviews a general Safety Stand Down for all wildland Type 1 and Type 2 fire crews in the Western states should be considered.

Extreme fire conditions due to drought and exacerbated by extreme seasonal weather patterns are presenting conditions outside the norm.

I call on all the U.S. Forest Service and the head of the U.S. Dept. of Interior as well as Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott to come together and call for a general safety review stand down of select wildland firefighting forces they collectively control.

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Yarnell is 30 miles from The Granite Mountain crew base in Prescott so it’s likely they were dispatched as  part of the  initial attack response.

*AZ Central has a comprehensive follow up of yesterday’s tragedy with archived video of the Granite Mountain Hot Shot crew as well as a snapshot of the crew taken earlier this year.