It's been six months since 19 brave firefighters were taken in the horrific wildfire in Yarnell Hill.
The Weather Channel® and weather.com published an original documentary and long-form article called “America Burning: The Yarnell Hill Tragedy and the Nation’s Wildfire Crisis. They hope to continue the dialogue and address the growing concern and the contributing factors such as climate change, property development, drought and other problems that go widely ignored.
Watch this extensive and in-depth documentary by Weather Films below:
America Burning: The Yarnell Hill Fire Tragedy and the Nation's Wildfire Crisis from Weather Films on Vimeo.
On June 30, 2013, 19 firefighters from the Granite Mountain Hotshots were killed battling a wildfire near Yarnell, Arizona. Huge questions remain about the last moments of their lives. Why did they move out of a safe area in their final minutes of life? Why did the fire move so quickly? Could their deaths have been prevented?
The tragedy also raises a crucial environmental issue: Has the very act of fighting wildfires made our forests more dangerous?
There have been nearly 400 wild land firefighters casualties and 40 thousand homes taken in the last 20 years, according to The Weather Channel®.
The weather.com investigates why are these fires becoming more frequent in number and intensity, and how climate change affects the forest.
Investigations are ongoing. Over a dozen family members of the firefighters and homeowners who lost their houses have accused state and local officials with negligence. They've filed claims, and are seeking more than $300 million. Family members have also said they would be willing to negotiate for policy changes.