Nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, part of the Prescott Fire Department, lost their lives Sunday, June 30th, while battling the 2,000-acre Yarnell Hill fire that ignited Friday south of Prescott. There has been an outpour of support and concern for the lost. The Prescott Fire Department will be updating what is happening in the wake of this through the sources below.
Official information and updates can be found at Yarnell Fallen Fire Fighters.*
*This website was created with PFFA support and will be updated with information approved by the EOC Public Information Officer.
The United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association, together with the Prescott Fire Fighters Charities, have established a 501(c)3 relief fund. More information can be found here.
When will there be an “official” memorial service?
There are multiple memorial services and vigils for the fallen firefighters and their families. This is a normal process of mourning and healing for the community and its members.
However, the Incident Management Team is preparing for a Memorial Service that will be coordinated with Family and City Officials for the future. As soon as we have notice we will immediately post the time, date and venue.
How can I trust the various fundraising sites I am seeing?
While there are multiple legitimate efforts of fundraising for the families of the fallen firefighters, we have posted three that are listed as IRS 501(c)3 status and are committed to assisting the families through the Incident Management Team. Please use your discretion in monetary donations.
The 3 sites:
- The United Phoenix Fire Fighters charity account, which can be accessed through any Chase Bank in Arizona, by mail at 61 E. Columbus, Phoenix, AZ 85014 or by PayPal.
- The 100 Club, which you can access here.
- And the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, which you can access here.
Where else can I get information?
Additional contact avenues that are approved through the Public Information group of the Incident Management Team – besides this website – include a Twitter account: @Prescott_fire and the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.