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Prescott AZ Prepares Final Farewell for 19 Firefighters

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According to, the remains of the 19 fallen crew members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots will be escorted with full Honor Guard from Phoenix to the Yavapai County Medical Examiner's Office in Prescott on Sunday. The procession is planned to begin at 10 am, and the fallen firefighters will be transported by 19 hearses, each accompanied by motorcycle escorts.

Local businesses showed their support. by Meryl Ann Butler

A memorial Service will be held Tuesday, July 9, at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, AZ with seating for 6,000 attendees, and overflow outside with audio and video feeds. There have been indications that President Obama may attend.

The spontaneous shrine stretched around the perimeter of the Hotshot building. by Meryl Ann Butler

The memorial wall in front of the Hotshots building on 6th Street continues to grow.

Prescott College by Meryl Ann Butler

Prescott College provided fabric and drawing materials for a "Compassion in Action: Prayer Flag Project":
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"Prayer flags are a custom that started in Tibet over 2000 years ago Traditional prayer flags display prayers, blessings, mantras and powerful symbols. This project is inspired  by the power, grce and simplicity of prayer flags. We invite you to create an intention, a wish, a message of healing and unity, in words or images of your choosing. Our messages are carried by the wind, spreading healing intentions to all beings the wind touches. Each flag will be your unique contribution to the collective healing of Prescott."

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A young visitor contemplates the memorial and the prayer flags. by Meryl Ann Butler

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Visitors pay their respects. by Meryl Ann Butler

The Incident Information System of the Arizona State Forestry Division (Inciweb) notes in its July 4 update that 8400 acres have been affected by the Yarnell Hill Fire so far, and it is now 45% contained. 596 personell (including 8 crews and 44 engines), and nine helicopters are assigned to the incident. The estimated containment date is Friday July 12th, 2013.
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Inciweb also stated, "An operational pause was held in conjunction with the Granite Mountain crew carriers being removed from the fire ground. Prescott Fire, Prescott Interagency Hotshot Crew (IHC), and Ironwood IHC escorted the group from the Yarnell Hill Fire to the City of Prescott."

Fire Depts around the country sent their support. by Meryl Ann Butler

The Doce Fire, just over 6,700 acres, is now 96% contained, with an estimated cost to date of over 7 million dollars. The blaze started on June 18, and the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew participated in it before fighting the Yarnell Hills Fire. 

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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