Dozens of firefighters have died in Western wildfires since 2000. Here are some of the deadliest events.
Dozens of firefighters have died in Western wildfires since 2000. Here are some of the deadliest events:
Aug. 19, 2015: Three firefighters are killed as they are trapped by a fast-moving wildfire near Twisp, Okanogan County.
June 30, 2012: Nineteen of the 20-member Granite Mountain Hotshots, of Prescott, Ariz., die fighting the Yarnell Hill fire.
Aug. 5, 2008: Nine die in a helicopter crash northwest of Redding, Calif. The helicopter had been ferrying crews battling remote wildfires.
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Oct. 26, 2006: Five U.S. Forest Service firefighters are killed in the Esperanza fire in Southern California’s San Jacinto Mountains about 90 miles east of Los Angeles. The fire burns 40,200 acres and destroys 54 buildings, including 34 houses.
July 23, 2003: Two firefighters die when they are overrun by flames soon after being dropped by helicopter to battle a fast-moving blaze in the Salmon-Challis National Forest in central Idaho.
July 10, 2001:Four firefighters die in the Thirtymile fire in the Chewuch River Valley north of Winthrop, Okanogan County. The fire started with an unattended campfire.