Our last day of the road trip was spent in Yarnell, Az. It has been in the news, but for all the wrong reasons. Nineteen Firefighters were killed in an out of control fire on June 30 of this year. We were there barely 45 days after the fire and it was still so fresh. The firefighters were from Prescott, but the physical damage was in Yarnell, Az. I have never in my life walked through something so devastating and so huge. Whole areas of the town were burned to the ground. Demolished by the heat and the flames. We saw large boulders split in two from the heat. Many homes reduced to a pile of ash, and even glass melted into the rocks.
As we drove through the area and also got out to walk through the devastation, I thought about all the lives lost, changed, and forever marked by that day. It is almost inconceivable. Many homes that were untouched stood eerily as their neighbor was burned to the ground. We saw a woman, about 70, digging through the ash with a gardening shovel. She was covered in dirt and ash, looking for something, anything to recover. This was 45 days after the fire. It broke my heart.
The town of Yarnell, Az. has about 600 residents and 100 homes were destroyed and another 23 sustained damage. The day before we were there, I learned that the Federal Government had denied the Governor of Arizona any money to rebuild the town and would not define it as needing Federal Disaster Aid. Absolutely Disgusting! They need to visit first hand before they make any judgements. Now, I am not using my blog as a political platform, but these people need help. If you feel moved to help this small town, you can donate to this web site: http://yarnellfallenfirefighters.com/to-donate/ or you can contact the Red Cross.
Below are a few of the photos I took from both Yarnell and a memorial at a gentleman’s business. He was volunteering his truck to get water and supplies to the 19 firefighters. They finally stopped him from going in because it was so dangerous. His truck and the memorial are the first two photos below and the first one on the title page. I don’t think I need to comment on each photo…they speak for themselves.