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Granite Mountain Hotshots

A photo of firefighters fighting a forest fireThe Granite Mountain Hotshots were a team within the Prescott Fire Department whose mission was to fight wildfires and when not so, engaged in work to reduce growth of fireprone vegetation. Originally founded in 2002 as a fuels mitigation crew, they were later formed as Crew 7, a Type II hand-crew in 2004, and eventually transitioned into a Type I Inter-agency hotshot crew in 2008.

On June 30, 2013, 19 of the 20 members of the group perished fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire:

  • Ashcraft, Andrew - Age: 29
  • Caldwell, Robert - Age: 23
  • Carter, Travis - Age: 31
  • Deford, Dustin - Age: 24
  • MacKenzie, Christopher - Age: 30
  • Marsh, Eric - Age: 43
  • McKee, Grant - Age: 21
  • Misner, Sean - Age: 26
  • Norris, Scott - Age: 28
  • Parker, Wade - Age: 22
  • Percin, John - Age: 24
  • Rose, Anthony - Age: 23
  • Steed, Jesse - Age: 36
  • Thurston, Joe - Age: 32
  • Turbyfill, Travis - Age: 27
  • Warneke, William - Age: 25
  • Whitted, Clayton - Age: 28
  • Woyjeck, Kevin - Age: 21
  • Zuppiger, Garret - Age: 27

The City is continuing its strong commitment to actively manage fuel loads in the wildland-urban interface, reducing the potential and severity of wildfires. Risk reduction through recent adoption of the 2012 Wildland Urban Interface Code, continued mitigation efforts via vegetation thinning and clearing projects, and continuous community awareness and outreach, are the basis for our efforts throughout the year.

No decision has been made regarding reestablishment of a City hotshot team, while all key relevant factors continue to be evaluated.