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-- so this group was known as the hot shots.
And they are all but gone this morning they lost nineteen.
Of their twenty very close -- so devastating and happened the small town of -- Arizona population 600.
It's about 85 -- miles northwest of Phoenix that's where we'll car wakes up this morning he's live.
And the town of -- -- Arizona for firefighters well this is one of the deadliest we have seen it.
In our country's history.
That's right bill I really want to put this in perspective for you if you think about 9/11 this is the most deaths of firefighters since nine elevenths.
And this is the most that the firefighters battling wildfires since 1933.
Don't think about that 1933.
That's back when 25 firefighters were killed in Los Angeles now.
We actually have a picture of this group from back in 2000 and -- I want you to take a look at it it's unclear how many of these members are still in this unit.
Like you mention it's -- a week -- they're cold the grain it now on the hot shots.
-- the Prescott fire department these are the guys who literally go to the front lines to fight these fires with their hands they do this time and time again.
They are the pros.
So since nineteen -- it shows just how quickly this fire got out of hand they'll you know will -- you wonder.
What changed in the weather conditions are fighting that fire decisions made to.
Go up one pass or another any indication as to what went wrong.
Well right now people are still just trying to figure that out there could be multiple elements here but one thing that they do know for sure are the conditions.
Take a -- This fire was very radical and its behavior of the -- -- very dry relative humidity is low.
The winds coming out of the south it's turned around on -- because the -- in action this afternoon.
That's what caused the deficits to change in the radical behavior of the the burning fuels.
Just caught up and a very bad situation.
People here on the ground keep asking us how this could happen obviously there are those inherent dangers that firefighters take on with the job but.
These guys like I said they train for this they actually go to fires.
Caring what are called fire shelters to be don't know what that is the kind of like protective cocoon so if a fire jumps on top of them they inflate there was fire shelters to try to stay protective were told they actually did that in this case.
It's unclear why those didn't work.
And so while today while more fire crews go back to the front lines certainly this community in the state of Arizona has this tragedy.
On their minds though will thank you they are trained for this but this too much for them will car on the ground there and -- convert.
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