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Radio Transmissions Of Yarnell Hotshots Final Moments

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 12/17/2013

The final radio transmissions from a group of Arizona firefighters who died last summer are released. The tapes reveal the horrific last moments of the firefighters' lives, and the realization by other fire crews something has gone horribly wrong. Elizabeth Erwin reports. "I was just saying I knew this was coming." Seeing the Granite Mountain Hotshots working together for the last time... "I could just feel it, you know?" Hearing Eric Marsh talk to his crew. It makes what happens next even harder to handle. This is never before seen video, watching the Yarnell Hill fire creep closer and closer. "Granite Mountain Hotshots: Breaking in on Arizona 16. Granite Mountain Hotshots we are in front of the flaming front." And hearing the Granite Mountain Hotshots react to the shifting flames. What you're seeing now comes from another firefighter's helmet camera. He was not with the Hotshots. But you can hear the final radio transmissions just moments before the men died. "Unseen firefighters: Is Granite still in there? Well they're in a safety zone. The blakc. Granite Mountain, operations on air to ground. Air attack, Granite Mountain 7, how do you copy me? "Is that Eric? I heard Granite Mountain 7. I heard saws running, that's not good. Not when they're in a safety. Granite Mountain Hotshots: Air attack, Granite Mountain 7! "Unseen firefighters: This ain't good. No, he's screaming. "Operations: OK Granite Mountain 7, sound like they got some trouble." "Division Alpha: Yeah, I'm here with the Granite Mountain Hotshots, Our escape route has been cut off. We are preparing a deployment site and we are burning out around ourselves in the brush and I'll give you a call when we are under the she, the shelters." But minutes pass with no word. "Unseen firefighters: So did they deploy?" "They say? They said they'd let them know when they deployed. You have yoru radio on? Yeah." As crews try to contact the men, they're met with silence. "Bravo 33: Granite Mountain 7, Bravo 33 air to ground." The Granite Mountain Hotshots were overcome and killed by a wildfire last June. A state forestry division report found the fast-moving fire cut off the crew's evacuation route and its path to a safety zone.

   
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