A team of 19 firefighters died Sunday while trying to protect themselves from a wildfire in Yarnell, Arizona.
According to reports, the fire is believed to have started in Yarnell with a lightening strike and spread to at least 2,000 acres. Eighteen of the deceased firefighters were from the Prescott Granite Mountain Hotshots, it is not clear where the other victim was based.
The 19 deaths were the greatest loss of life for firefighters in a wildfire since 1993 according to the National Fire Protection Association and the deadliest day for U.S. firefighters since 9/11. The team was a “hotshot” crew, a group of elite firefighters who usually hike for miles into the wilderness to build lines of protection between people and fires.