Monday, July 1, 2013

So sad

The wild fire that Al talked about yesterday in his blog Travels with the Bayfield Bunch turned tragic yesterday afternoon when a hotshot crew of 19 firefighters from Prescott perished in the fire. The average age of the men was 22 and obviously they were in the peak of physical condition to be able to do the work they were doing. I honor the work these men do and that of all firefighters. Rushing toward a wild fire is not something many of us would want to do and I thank them for their service. Yesterday I had a chance to briefly chat with a fire crew that had just been released from the West Complex fire east of here and they were on the way back to Arizona. It doesn't look like there will be much rest for the fire crews this summer.


We had rain yesterday, .04 inch was enough to wet the ground and bring the humidity up. Hopefully more rain is in the forecast to lessen the fire danger, which is still at red flag high.

Today I think I will be getting Mel ready for a run to Walmart tomorrow. Other than that I will probably finish doing nothing, which I started yesterday but didn't quite complete. Just my way of enjoying the good life.


  1. Very sad about these young men. They are truly heroes. I saw them in action first hand driving down to Stanley, Idahoe in 2010--the fires were right down to the road and I was among the last person through. They had fires in McCall and south…tent camps for the weary men to get some rest and food. I don't envy them at all. The heat is a killer. Add to that heavy uniforms, gear, and the heat of Arizona…don't know how they do it.

    So tragic for them and for their families.

  2. These fires just sicken my heart. When I heard the report on the TV, I cried. I thank God we have so many brave men and women. God bless their family and give them peace.

  3. It's just so sad and tragic. There are just no words to express my sorrow...

  4. Last summer I played in a charity vintage base ball game against the Hot shots of Yarnell. They were a great bunch to play against. Very athletic and fun competitors too. It's a sad day.

  5. Thank you for remembering them in your post. We are all sad.

  6. My heart goes out to the families of these brave young men taken too soon.


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