We all know that fighting wildland fires can be a deadly task, but few have to experience tragic losses in the field like those on the South Canyon Fire in July of 1994, and those on Yarnell Hill in June of 2013. All accidents warrant remembrance, but the magnitude of the losses on these fires has inspired the National Wildfire Coordinating Group to designate June 30th – July 6th as “A Week to Remember, Reflect and Learn.” The week will honor the memories of all fallen wildfire fighters with memorials, and will be a time for all of us to reflect on the lessons we’ve learned from these tragedies.
The South Canyon Fire Commemmorative Committee wil honor the fourteen lives lost on Storm King Mountain with an event this July 6th in Glenwood Springs, CO. More information can be found here.
The city of Prescott will be remembering the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots that lost their lives on June 30th with a day of services and activities in their honor. More information on those events can be found here.