Correction posted 6:37 p.m., Feb. 16, 2014: An earlier post incorrectly stated that the material included in the 40-page Blue Ridge Hotshot report was based on interviews with the firefighters. The report is actually a compilation of written statements provided by Blue Ridge Hotshots to federal officials soon after the June 30, 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire.
The Arizona Industrial Commission has released a heavily redacted copy of written reports made by members of the Blue Ridge Hotshots that were provided to federal officials concerning the events leading up to the deaths of 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots last June 30.
The descriptions by the firefighters provide important new details on the chaotic conditions throughout June 30. InvestigativeMEDIA will provide a complete analysis of this report and additional information in the near future.
A copy of the Blue Ridge report is here.
InvestigativeMEDIA is releasing the Blue Ridge report to encourage public participation and vigorous discussion in the analysis of important public records related to the Yarnell Hill Fire.
The 40-page Blue Ridge report was graciously provided to InvestigativeMEDIA by Elizabeth Nowicki, who obtained the document through a request filed under the Arizona Public Records Law.© Copyright 2014 John Dougherty, All rights Reserved. Written For: Investigative MEDIA