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Negative -- retire one of the worst fires in Arizona history has burned about thirteen square miles destroyed approximately 200 homes and buildings and force evacuation of hundreds of people.
But 500 firefighters still on scene in addition.
Nineteen elite firefighters have been killed in the blaze leaving behind broken hearted -- moments.
I want people to know.
And then in -- time -- morning we want people to know that they were heroes that they are heroes that they are heroes in our homes.
They're heroes in our community that -- heroes that people that they held there.
And our kids remember them as heroes as well.
Joining us now from Prescott Arizona -- passed on a reporter for fox -- things.
Let's walk through this Andrew.
Is twenty elite firefighters they drop into this blaze in northern Arizona.
Their job is to basically.
Prevents the fire from spreading you can't put it out.
Which you can using all kinds of techniques.
-- prevent it from spreading -- by digging trenches clearing underbrush this and that okay.
Now they go where an -- communications -- command center okay.
When they get in trouble what happened it's.
Wolf from what we've been -- to gather -- is that when this happened when the weather changed so dramatically in the fire then double back on to them.
They radioed in to their division chief that's a pretty standard protocol and it's typical of the situation -- this kind of an open.
Radio communication line -- -- lots of other agencies that are all working together can hear them they radioed in that they were trying to get to a safe zone.
And then the next thing they said was that we had to deploy our emergency -- shelters now that as a worst case scenario so they knew immediately.
The folks who were not in the fire and immediately.
That once they said they were using their emergency shelters that this was going to be that.
-- -- our -- -- are from that group what our emergency heat shelters.
So all these firefighters when they're out working a wild land fire they carry around these pacts with them.
And inside this kinda like a foil blanket that's really the best way to describe it.
And once things get really bad when the fire is starting -- that kind of come over them.
They get underneath these shelters they almost look like big sleeping bags and it's designed to protect them from the fire they're kind of covered in foil and they reflect the heat.
The idea is that they're able to -- stand.
A short amount -- a lot of they are not designed for a lot of heat over -- long period of time and that appears to be what happens here -- that.
Now they went in to fight this fire is believing that the wind was at their back blowing the far away from that.
But then as you said there was a sudden shift in the win.
Should wouldn't they have known throughout communications with -- command -- that -- -- happening got out of there immediately.
That's one of the big questions that the investigation is gonna have to answer there was a meteorologists there that was supposed to be watching the weather and -- what we're told by the Prescott fire department here.
-- that it was totally unexpected what happened out there nobody could predict that's what he tells us about this fire turned around and they were caught up and it's so fast.
And it was so hot and so deadly that there was just no way that these guys -- -- They also had GPS is on them right so that everybody knew -- -- war.
Why didn't they have the planes come in and drop the water and dropped the fire retardant to try to save them.
-- all those questions are being asked and the answers that we're receiving here is that.
You know this fire was so intense that they couldn't just run in and get everybody out there was really no way to get to them they -- in such a precarious position.
In terms of helicopters ready coming in and dropping water on them that sounds like it could be a great idea.
But what were -- -- is that that it's not always the safest thing to do.
If the fire was -- hurting these guys it's possible that dropping water on them could have done.
Just as great of damage were talking water falling out of a helicopter from 500 feet in the air so you can imagine the kind of damage it would do well what I -- able to gather from talk god.
-- -- last question thirty seconds was there any last communications.
From the guys.
To the command -- did they say anything.
Before they warn -- That is something that we don't know at this point all we know is that they rate that the crew the crew that that died radioed in and -- We are deploying our emergency shelters what they responded back we don't know but I can only just imagine that it's we're gonna come get shot.
Which obviously didn't turn out so well.
I'm Andrew we appreciate very much in our -- what to the families.
Of those brave men.
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