Yarnell Hill Fire Serious Accident Investigation Report Supporting Documentation


Update: April 7, 2014:

InvestigativeMEDIA has completed uploading the entire supporting documentation for the Serious Accident Investigation Report released by the Arizona Forestry Division in response to an Arizona Public Records Law request. The individuals files are listed below with their corresponding links.

A-Correspondence: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/02ue6bnjp6nazkm/DwKDEHvs-F/Correspondence

B-Information Management: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/02ue6bnjp6nazkm/18ko99d_mm/Information%20Managment

C-Safety: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/02ue6bnjp6nazkm/JuJD1WOn39/Safety

D-Planning: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/02ue6bnjp6nazkm/9SpYbQrtRU/Planning

E-Maps: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/02ue6bnjp6nazkm/J91iTmqlvw/Maps

F-Photos and Videos (See below)

G-Fire Behavior and Weather: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/28c4d0qm389gsc6/KDOpkkGRa4

H-Qualifications: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/jcxgul0cta8zwyg/82z_3tjPix

I-Dispatch Records: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/m8yu1588y5bq0ju/PSma2C8JQT

J-Resource Orders: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/v8x3epmb8nent9l/JeqvhLLMKv

K-Reference Documents: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/uv4lperwxo5pv1o/4VCV033Mg8

L-Aviation: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3jte8aei2r94j25/Dx95O58gT9

M-Law Enforcement: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1hkbym5oq6duz13/3b8pSRE9Nf

N-Interview Notes: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/nmffok0d9dbj7t4/wwL9kcwBag

Yarnell Hill Investigation Data — Oct. 10, 2013: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/s12ue25v999j4lk/AbdfDMwIRm

Privilege Log: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/f6w9wchomt80pn6/7WJ6HylJ1e

F-Photos and Videos

A01-MacKenzie photos/videos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/02ue6bnjp6nazkm/mJJ_cejFm4/Photos%20and%20Video/MacKenzie%20Photos%20Video

A02-Rory Collins Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/02ue6bnjp6nazkm/XW55NttKLC/Photos%20and%20Video/RoryCollins%20Photos

A03-Dean Fernandez photos/videos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/02ue6bnjp6nazkm/ZBTmo88ME-/Photos%20and%20Video/Fernandez%20photos

A04-Arizona Forestry Division: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/02ue6bnjp6nazkm/ok9S0BqutO/Photos%20and%20Video/AZFS%20photos%20videos

A05-Aerial Firefighting Study Photos and Videos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/y3jy5opssrcvzb3/oIJILFQ6SO

A06-Ashcraft Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zz8dd0tbzyp0y5i/ZePKyWSZ6c

A07-BLM Crew Video: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dpmmrutwwk4a45b/QziASuJSh_

A08-Blue Ridge Hotshots Photos Videos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dpmmrutwwk4a45b/QziASuJSh_

A09-Blue Ridge Captain’s Movements: (This video is drawn from the BR Capt’s GPS Unit): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8cEKBzlhws

A10-Bravo3 Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/uymse5nhrzb7e0j/LkspUgs6CB

A11-Bravo33 Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5uksndtmgcemah0/NfiT-dIss3

A12-Brendan McDonough Photos Videos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mmb98r3j53s2urp/8NlvN5hDdm

A13-Brian Lauber Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ra7efab95cxhef9/qVMhicbtm_

A14-Byron Kimball Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qpgznolauh1xoq6/NpMjYt3bkq

A15-Christopher MacKenzie cell phone photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3jgi0g1y6h0fgi3/DT2kuDEKht

A16-Corey Moser Photos Video: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mazd2wv8u4ku9ds/pBnz6F7c-C

A17-Darrell Willis Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/yh5aaoj5d1kkhnh/Afr8Kx-7Hv

A18-Helms Ranch One Hour Block Video: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wspao1cvf3ma9kc/Yp-CHrjNX_

A19-Hikers Photos Videos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/eedzcsi1dpeczak/C71vr4-pS1

A20-Jerry Thompson Photos Videos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zghqmidyjqbgp1e/7tts4WSLQ1

A21-Matt Oss Time Lapse Video: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/w8e27rf4pv44tf1/juMfsHbP5u

A22-HelmetCamVideo: (with GMH audio): https://www.dropbox.com/sh/m0ix7n2drk5fap8/qEyoDqSDr8

A23-Ranger 58 Photo: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/uh845jmd6td856c/zS07TIsN3i

A24-Rick Tham Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rpmjkaa2xemha8g/8a8R7diaEn

A25-Robert Caldwell Videos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/yk9b5e7l7mj1z91/FmT9wAZkW0

A26-Scott Norris Photo Text: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/p78do502dflii7b/fhrel76c3A

A27-Sean Krinner Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/tk78gueg53iwotl/v4cMrxX63f

A28-Sonnentag Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/k19lo77nqmeigfv/gmrjVZJU4o

A29-Todd Foster Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rwy40byuejbe5wl/72hJpkPx_N

A30-Tom Garigan Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/y3jy5opssrcvzb3/oIJILFQ6SO

A31-Tom Story Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/y3jy5opssrcvzb3/oIJILFQ6SO

A32-Wade Parker Photo Text: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/npuqepyl3oyopve/ZadUbh_Wou

A33-NASA Satellite Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3p7be5w9vtbr18g/InLGjJlc2N

A34-Petrilli Site Visit Photos 07/03/2013: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/th6pglu2do7mzhx/ZDAE6GIjYX

A35-Foley Site Visit Photos 07/03/2013: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ztvate8ptzux29t/1lx5Dr9WAB

A36-Mayhew Site Visit Photos 07/03/2013: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/epeq08uz6g84izq/8sgWTIvN9u

A37-Okon Site Visit Photos 07/03/2013: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/lp8q2s34gd9xshe/jfZ2E7bCPs

A38-YCSO Waldock Photos 07/03/2013: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ksyilxr0umaqk9p/xsQf00OZe3

A39-Wachter Site Visit Photos 07/04-07/2013: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/kx2v9irw1856dnv/mH0hX4PVZE

A40-Petrilli Photos 07/04-09: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/agqxdpeur8sadov/gMCef3ab5W

A41-Gonzales Site Visit Photos 07/04/2013: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ig8bvv0ufc4pfoz/nhlB_fll8Q

A42-Aerial Video and Photos Mayhew 7/04/2013: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7b7asvh6ptdavbr/FixOl2n6pI

A43-Petrilli Aerial and Site Visit Photos 7/04/2013: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/agqxdpeur8sadov/gMCef3ab5W

A44 and A49-Shelter Photos: (Warning — Viewer discretion advised.) https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fg416vjqt14afu3/zaTuOp4Plu

A45-Mayhew Site Visit Photos 7/05/2013: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1yyjlreix3h9zb2/gk0ErP2dTp

A46-Stewart Turner Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/j0n13974nlb6xxp/470HDybJDQ

A47-Fuel Burn Patterns: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/yqu8c4hjwky6wn0/LRMc1XU8Er

A48-Photos from Ranch: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/o6k6xndonmx77kp/rF8AdLS8ok

A50-Dudley Site Visit Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/lddierndguk040d/71MA5i38Wp

A51-Foley Site Visit Video: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2b4a2ee08ng34g5/13y8-vxKms

A52-Helm Ranch Photos Pre-Fire: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2b4a2ee08ng34g5/13y8-vxKms

© Copyright 2014 John Dougherty, All rights Reserved. Written For: Investigative MEDIA


  1. WantsToKnowTheTruth says


    >> On October 11, 2015 at 12:54 pm, Marti Reed said…
    >> I’m not feeling as “done” as you are with this. And I’m just waking up after something
    >> of a rough night. But one of the reasons I’m not feeling as “done” as you are is that I
    >> never was able to be “done” with it, as hard as I tried. I really hated (and still do)
    >> working on this endless rabbit (at least it was a rabbit hole for me) that I worked on
    >> for endless amounts of time until I just finally got sick of doing it and moved on to
    >> where everybody else was at.

    I understand… but I think if we just forget about all the ‘who’s who’ in the photographs from later in the day for a moment and just focus on this ONE issue of WHO was really driving that CYFD Red-with-white-stripes pickup WITH the camper top ( Cordes or Carothers? )

    I believe we CAN either nail it down… OR relegate it to the “until there is more evidence we just can’t be sure” category.

    And I think it’s important to do that.. once and for all.

    So the question is… IS there some piece of evidence which would establish, for sure and certain… WHO was driving the CYFD command vehicle with the camper top that day?

    I still believe there IS… and ( once again ) it would be because Joy Collura was in the right place, at the right time, and doing the right thing that Sunday, June 30, 2013.

    She was ‘documenting’ what was happening that day… AS it was happening.

    The images that Joy Collura freely and transparently shared with the SAIT investigators ended up in their own special folder in the SAIT documentation… and that folder is still HERE…


    In that folder there are TWO images that CLEARLY show this CYFD command vehicle WITH the camper top installed ‘out there’ in the Sesame area in what ( I believe ) is DEFINITELY a ‘morning’ ( as in… before NOON ) timeframe.

    The were both in the same ‘grouping’ of photos that includes the ones showing the Blue Ridge vehicles first ‘arriving’ in the Sesame area… and we know now for sure and certain that was in the 10:30 AM range… almost 2 hours before Rance Marquez and Cougan Carothers would ever set foot out in that Sesame area that day.

    So any kind of ‘before NOON’ timeframe for these photos can ONLY mean that it was Gary Cordes who was driving that CYFD command vehicle WITH the camper top installed that day.

    Probably the most definite of the two would be the image in that folde named…

    “1 (40).JPG” ( 8th row down, 3rd from the left ).

    This photo of Joy Collura’s seems to be showing that moment when Gary Cordes says he instructed the dozer operator to ‘put a ring’ around the Granite Mountain Superintendent and Chase trucks, which were parked at the top end of the Sesame area where that east-west two track that the Granite Mountain Hotshots used to hike up to the ridge that day begins heading WEST there at the top of the Sesame area.

    Gary Cordes was ‘out there’ at that time in the morning… and this was definitely a MORNING event… long before Rance Marquez and Cougan Carothers ever showed up in the Sesame area.

    On the left side of the photo is the Red-with-white-stripes CYFD command vehicle that DOES have the ‘camper top’ installed.

    So IF that photo really was taken in the MORNING timeframe… then it would appear to be proof ( positive ) that Gary Cordes was driving the CYFD pickup WITH the camper top.

    The SECOND image that appears to establish that Gary Cordes was driving that CYFD pickup WITH the camper top would be the image named…

    “1 (25).JPG” ( 5th row down, 4th image from the left ).

    This is that photo of Joy Collura’s that show 3 vehicles out on one of the two-track roads in the Sesame area… and it was ALSO taken in what appears to be the same MORNING ( as in… before NOON ) timeframe… and from the same ‘vantage point’ out on the ridge as the other photos in this ‘grouping’.

    From left to right the vehicles shown are…

    The Dozer, the CYFD Red-with-white-stripes command vehicle WITH the camper top, and then one of the Blue Ridge Hotshot’s Chase trucks.

    An FF with a yellow Nomex shirt and a WHITE helmet is standing in front of the CYFD command vehicle and appears to be gesturing/talking to someone to the left, near the dozer. He LOOKS like he definitely could be Gary Cordes. ( Same height, build, and the WHITE helmet… etc. ).

    Given the (apparent) MORNING timeframe for this photo… it could still assumed this is Gary Cordes seen standing in front of that CYFD command vehicle and the reason the Blue Ridge Chase Truck is there is because this is the moment that Blue Ridge Hotshot Cory Ball had just been driven out there to take over the DOZB/HEQB job from Cordes.

    Again ( as with photo “1 (40).JPG” )… all that has to be proven is that either one ( or BOTH ) of these photos were taken BEFORE NOON… and they would BOTH represent proof that Gary Cordes was driving the CYFD pickup WITH the camper top installed that day.

    Actually… this gets very simple.

    Joy… are you reading this?

    You don’t have to remember the EXACT time these two photos were taken… but do you remember whether it was definitely in the MORNING ( as in… before NOON )?

    If the answer is YES… then both of these photos prove it was Gary Cordes driving the pickup WITH the camper top installed.

    No matter where this discussion goes from this point… I’m still going to need a ‘talk down’ and/or an explanation as to how Cougan Carothers could have been ‘out there’ in the Sesame area in the same ( morning ) timeframe as when these photos were ( apparently ) taken.

  2. WantsToKnowTheTruth says

    Mr. Dougherty…

    First and foremost… THANK YOU for making this information public.

    It is quite obvious what a tremendous technical effort it has taken for you
    to make ALL of the material above available to everyone. Kudos.

    Important question, though.

    Do you still have any plans to release any of the “Aerial Firefighting Study”
    videos… either in full or part?

    There are already TWO of those videos that are known to contain
    background radio captures between Eric Marsh, Jesse Steed, and
    various members of the ‘fire command’ in the critical timeframe when
    the SAIR says there were “no communications with the crew”.

    One contains a full conversation between ASM2 and ground with
    concern about GM’s and DIVSA’s ( Marsh’s ) whereabouts at
    4:16… followed by two calls from fire command directly to “Granite
    Mountain” to verify their status and whether Marsh is ‘with them’.

    That is the only one that has been published publicy so far.

    The other one reportedly has a capture of OPS2 Paul Musser calling
    DIVSA Eric Marsh. This could be the ( now documented ) moment
    when Paul Musser was asking Eric Marsh if he could ‘spare resources’
    to help protect Yarnell.

    THAT video has been referenced extensively by others who have personal
    access to that video… but it has never been made public.

    Do you have any plans to at least publish THAT particular video/audio?

  3. John says


    Any chance we can see the link for the Helms Ranch One Hour Block Video? That ranch and the residents have to have significant clues and information on what happened that day.

  4. calvin says

    Mr Dougherty or Elizabeth… Is the video tracking the BR superintendent or the BR captain’s movement? Many thanks for all your efforts


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