The Arizona Republic is reporting tonight that 19 firefighters have died in the Yarnell Hill Fire.
This disaster looks to be the third-deadliest incident in the history of U.S. wildland firefighting and the highest number of deaths in a single episode since 25 were lost in a 1933 fire in Griffith Park, California. The Great Fire of 1910 in the Northern Rockies claimed 72 lives, but there is a lack of data on firefighter deaths in the subsequent two decades.
I’ve extracted all of the incidents in which more than 10 firefighters died and sorted them in the chart below (data is only available through 2011).
A burnover was responsible for all of the deaths in the incidents shown above.
You can explore this data and download images on our dashboard page.
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