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TOPIC: Arizona Going Through Tough Times.

Arizona Going Through Tough Times. 01 Jul 2013 16:36 #1

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Arizona seems to be going through the hoop at the moment, with its incredible heatwave and the resultant wildfires. Sadly, msn is reporting that 19 firefighters have been killed in one incident:

Nineteen elite firefighters were killed when hot winds blew a US wildfire out of control - the deadliest wildfire involving firefighters in the country for at least 30 years.


US president Barack Obama expressed his condolences to the families of the firefighters, saying they were heroes and highly skilled professionals who "put themselves in harm's way to protect the lives and property of fellow citizens they would never meet".


The specially trained "hotshot" crew members were forced to deploy their fire shelters - tent-like structures meant to shield them from flames and heat - when they were caught near an Arizona town, state forestry spokesman Art Morrison said.

Dry grass near the community of Yarnell fed the fast-moving blaze, which was whipped up by the wind, Mr Morrison said. Around 200 homes were destroyed.

Mr Obama, who is travelling in Africa, said the federal government would be in close contact with state and local officials in Arizona to provide support.

Prescott fire chief Dan Fraijo said the firefighters were part of the city's fire department. He said: "We're devastated. We just lost 19 of the finest people you'll ever meet."

Hotshot crews are elite firefighters who often hike long distances into the wilderness with chainsaws and backpacks filled with heavy equipment to build lines of protection between people and blazes.

"By the time they got there, it was moving very quickly," Mr Fraijo said of the blaze. "One of the last fail-safe methods that a firefighter can do under those conditions is literally to dig as much as they can down and cover themselves with a protective - kinda looks like a foil-type, fire-resistant material - with the desire, the hope at least, is that the fire will burn over the top of them and they can survive it. Under certain conditions, there's usually only sometimes a 50% chance that they survive. It's an extreme measure that's taken under the absolute worst conditions."

The fire started after a lightning strike on Friday and spread to 2,000 acres (809 hectares) on Sunday amid triple-digit temperatures, low humidity and windy conditions. Officials ordered the evacuations of 50 homes in several communities, and later the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office expanded the order to include more residents in Yarnell.

The blaze was still burning late on Sunday, with flames lighting up the night sky in the forest above Yarnell, a town of about 700 residents about 85 miles north-west of Phoenix. Most people had evacuated from the town, and no injuries or other deaths were reported. "This is as dark a day as I can remember," governor Jan Brewer said in a statement. "It may be days or longer before an investigation reveals how this tragedy occurred, but the essence we already know in our hearts: fighting fires is dangerous work."



I do hope our own lovely Stars isn't in the thick of any of this.
"...Wyrde saves oft the man undoomed
if he undaunted be....". (Beowulf).

"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths... Beautiful people do not just happen". (Elisabeth Kubler-Ross).


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Arizona Going Through Tough Times. 01 Jul 2013 17:49 #2

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19 firefighters :(

Stars is okay cantata :) She said for the past few days it's been 115 - 120 f... That is hot!
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Arizona Going Through Tough Times. 01 Jul 2013 18:43 #3

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Is she back online then irre?
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Arizona Going Through Tough Times. 01 Jul 2013 18:46 #4

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Not yet DG, I email her mobile phone :) Hopefully she'll be back online one day soon :)
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Arizona Going Through Tough Times. 01 Jul 2013 18:52 #5

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Good to hear she's ok. :)

Tell her I said hi, and that we need our mod back asap. ;)
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Arizona Going Through Tough Times. 01 Jul 2013 20:34 #6

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irrepressible wrote:
19 firefighters :(

Stars is okay cantata :) She said for the past few days it's been 115 - 120 f... That is hot!

It's actually horrifying, irrie: 19 men in one go. :(

Tell Stars what DG said; and that the fun and verve she brings is sorely missed! :rose:
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if he undaunted be....". (Beowulf).

"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths... Beautiful people do not just happen". (Elisabeth Kubler-Ross).


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Arizona Going Through Tough Times. 01 Jul 2013 20:37 #7

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Those poor firefighters.
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Arizona Going Through Tough Times. 02 Jul 2013 16:50 #8

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cantata wrote:
Tell Stars what DG said; and that the fun and verve she brings is sorely missed! :rose:

Indeedy. :)

She also knows what she's doing, tech-wise....far more than I do.

Did you know she designed our nice new TZ banner at the top of the page there? Good innit. ;)
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Arizona Going Through Tough Times. 02 Jul 2013 17:17 #9

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She's got a lot on at the moment I think, but I'll tell her what you's said later :)
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